Resort Municipality of Whistler Partners with Hotels to Reduce Plastic Bottle Use


CivicInfo BC

Wed, 11/21/2018
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is committed to reducing waste, including single use plastic. Now, through a new partnership with the Hotel Association of Whistler, the community is another step closer to achieving its goal of zero waste.
Through this partnership, hotel guests will be reassured that they can drink Whistler’s water straight from the tap in an effort to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles.
“Here in Whistler, we have some of the best-tasting tap water in B.C.,” said Mayor Jack Crompton.  “Whistler’s water is tested daily and is safe for consumption from all taps. This partnership with the Hotel Association of Whistler is an excellent way to reduce single-use plastic, so guests can enjoy our safe and great-tasting drinking water right from the tap.”
Members with the Hotel Association of Whistler will encourage guests to drink Whistler’s high-quality tap water by sharing information throughout their properties, including in-room guest education. 
“Guests may not know that Whistler tap water is safe to drink, and their visit would be enhanced by learning that the drinking water here is mostly snow melt. Drinking Whistler tap water can connect visitors to our resort in a visceral way,” said Saad Hasan, Chair of the Hotel Association of Whistler.
The Hotel Association of Whistler has also announced their support and participation in the Plastic Wise Challenge (link is external), an initiative launched by Ocean Wise in Vancouver earlier this year to reduce the use of single-use plastic items.
This partnership builds on an important step the RMOW took in 2010 to eliminate the sale of bottled water at municipal properties, including Meadow Park Sports Centre, public parks and municipal buildings to reduce waste from single use plastic water bottles and promote the consumption of tap water. There are 20 public water fountains maintained all across the community, at all major parks and in the Village, with more planned for installation in 2019.
The RMOW will also continue to expand on public education about the impact of single-use water bottles and the more sustainable alternative of tap water.
Learn more about Whistler’s drinking water at