Hurray! Another state will stop with the bottled water nonsense! San Francisco banned the use of city money to buy single-serving plastic bottles of water back in 2007, and now New York is following suit. Governor David Patterson signed an Executive Order that will phase out the purchase and use of bottled water at state agency facilities. This is amazing news, and one that I hope will encourage other states and state agencies to ban the purchase of water in plastic bottles with state monies. From Water & Wastewater:
The Executive Order will phase out the expenditure of state funds for the purchase of single serve bottles and larger, cooler-sized bottles for water consumed at agency facilities. The measure requires each executive agency to develop and implement a plan to phase out expenditures for bottled water and provide alternative water sources such as ordinary tap water fountains and dispensers.
“Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars to ensure that we have clean drinking water supplies,” said Paterson. “If we are going to make such significant investments, we should reap the benefits and use that water. Our efforts will serve as an example for local governments, businesses, and residents to follow.”
I couldn’t agree more with Paterson’s statement, and hope it will truly have an impact on others to follow his (and Mayor Newsom’s) lead on this. I have written many times before about why we should not be buying bottled water, but just as a reminder, here are a few reasons…
Kudos to Governor Patterson for signing this order!
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