A “Blue Community” is a growing network of communities located around the globe that have adopted a water commons framework by taking three specific actions.

    • Recognizing water as a human right.
    • Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.
    • Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

This movement, initiated in Canada could help solving the problem of the access to water in Brussels. In Europe, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Bern have already adopted the status of a blue community. So why not Brussels? To give you a better insight into this initiative, we invite you to their website: The blue communities project.

 

To learn more about the Blue Communities, we invite you to check out the following videos and articles.

Informative videos

Delving a little deeper

Public Services International (18/09/19)

Les organisations qui militent en faveur de la justice sociale et de la protection de l’environnement, ainsi que les organisations syndicales, félicitent la ville de Berne pour sa décision courageuse de protéger l’eau en tant que bien commun. Lancée par le projet Planète bleue, basé au Canada, la certification « Communauté bleue » exige des autorités municipales qu’elles adoptent une loi reconnaissant l’eau comme un droit humain et s’engageant à promouvoir et à protéger les services publics de l’eau et de l’assainissement.

Montreal has shown leadership on protecting water

Montreal Gazette (27/03/19)

Last Friday — March 22, World Water Day — the city of Montreal became an official “Blue Community,” committing to protect public water as a human right and public trust. Montreal joins other Quebec Blue Communities Amqui, Danville, Nicolet, Rivière-du-Loup and Trois-Rivières. There are also 17 other towns and cities in Canada that have made this pledge.