Bottled Water Ban in Concord, MA Fails

The bottle water ban proposed in the city of Concord, Mass., failed as citizens at a town hall meeting voted it down.

The ban was first proposed with environmental activists, including Food and Water Watch and Corporate Accountability International, opposing the sale of individual bottled waters. Another proposal to educate citizens about the environmental affect of water bottles did pass.

Opponents of bottled water say that money should be the main motivator for staying away from bottled water. According to the Seattle Times, a bottled water costs a penny per ounce while tap water only costs a penny for 5 gallons.

"The bottled-water industry has really built a market on casting doubt on the quality of tap water," said Kristin Urquiza, director of Think Outside the Bottle, according to the Times.

She added, "But more and more people are saying, 'Wait a minute, bottled water is costing thousands of times more than tap water."

Meanwhile, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) “commended” the citizens of Concord for “recognizing bottled water as a safe, healthy, convenient beverage.”

John Doss, President and CEO of the IBWA, said in a press release, “It is good to see common sense and reasonable public policies prevail in the defeat of this unnecessary and over-reaching measure.”

Plastic containers from bottled waters make up one third of 1 percent of the US waste stream.

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