IBWA issues statement against proposed bottled water ban

Dec. 20, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The City of San Francisco is proposing to ban the sale of bottled water in plastic bottles of 21 fluid ounces or less.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has issued a statement on legislation expected to be introduced by San Francisco Board of Supervisors Chairman David Chiu to ban the sale of bottled water in plastic bottles of 21 fluid ounces or less on public property, according to a press release.

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The definition of "public property" includes parks, concerts, large public events and mobile food trucks, the release reported.

The statement read as follows: "The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) supports the right of San Franciscans to choose clean, refreshing, reliable zero-calorie bottled water when making their beverage decisions. Efforts to eliminate or reduce access to  bottled water will force consumers to choose less healthy drink options that have more packaging, more additives (e.g., sugar, caffeine) and greater environmental impacts than bottled water."

According to the release, research shows that if bottled water isn't available, 63 percent of people will choose soda or another sugared drink over tap water.

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The bottled water industry also supports a strong public water system, the release continued, which is important for providing citizens with clean and safe drinking water.