The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution Monday to phase out city spending on bottled water. "Cities are sending the wrong message about the quality of public water when we spend taxpayer dollars on water in disposable containers from a private corporation," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, adding, "The fact is, our tap water is more highly regulated than what's in the bottle." Millions of barrels of oil go into plastic-bottle manufacturing, and cities spend some $70 million annually on bottle disposal.Did you get that last bit? "more pressing challenges... than concerns about a healthy water beverage." Does this mean that there are more important things to worry about than having healthy water or that there are more important things to worry about than reducing city purchases of bottled water?
Though the new resolution is not binding, it received strong support, and more than 60 mayors across the country have already canceled bottled-water contracts.
The American Beverage Association is entirely unamused by the trend. "We believe that common sense will prevail when mayors return to their communities," says the ABA's Kevin Keane, "as most recognize more pressing challenges are facing their communities than concerns about a healthy water beverage."
Bottom Line: Bottled "healthy water beverages" are a waste of money and resources that harm the environment. Just as well that those mayors have decided against providing such "beverages" to employees for free. People should at least pay if they are going to destroy the environment!