Media Release

March 17, 2014

Students construct giant water bottle

sculpture to mark World Water Day

EDMONTON – Today from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the main quad on the University of Alberta campus, a group of students and community members will unveil a student-commissioned and constructed sculpture made from 560 plastic water bottles. The number of bottles represents approximately 10% of the bottled water consumed on campus each month.

“If we consider the price of single use bottled water at $2.50 per unit, and that around 67,000 bottles are purchased on campus each year, that’s $168,000 in sales,” says Aleah Loney, “This highlights the huge revenue generated through the commodification of water.”

The unveiling marks the first event in a weeklong series of events leading up to World Water Day on March 22. The Edmonton Water Week organizing team, made up of U of A students, alumni, and community members will be hosting a number of events between March 17 and March 22.

The organizers, including the Blue University Project (U of A Chapter of the Council of Canadians), U of A Amnesty International Chapter, and Sustain SU hope to continue working on water issues long after Edmonton Water Week comes to an end.

“Edmonton Water Week is about more than just public awareness,” says Nichole Batienko, a co-organizer of Blue University Project, “it’s about creating a space to discuss water use, allocation, and the future of water in this province.”

The organizers have also asked Mayor Don Iveson and the Edmonton City Council to declare March 22 World Water Day in Edmonton. Additionally, they hope that both the University of Alberta as well as the City of Edmonton will consider signing on to the Blue Community Pledge which includes:

  1. Recognizing water as a human right.
  2. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.
  3. Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities

Members of the organizing team, as well as the artists themselves, will be present for the unveiling and available between 10:00am and 11:00am to speak to media and for a photo opportunity with the sculpture.

They will also be available for contact via telephone after this time and throughout the week.

For more info on events happening throughout the week:

And follow the group on Twitter @yegwater

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