A few years ago, the hit musical play called Urinetown opened at our local Belfry Theatre in Victoria. In this unusual creation of playwrights Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the world is turned upside down when the water supply completely runs out. With the pervasive theme of water on the minds of all Belfry staff, General Manager Mary Desprez decided to “do something truly radical”. Mary told the trade journal Equity Quarterly in its Fall 2008 issue that, because of growing public awareness that bottled water costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water and uses up to 2,000 times more energy to produce and deliver, she decided to put a water fountain in the theatre lobby.
“We stopped selling plastic bottles of water!” Continue reading