New York To Stop Buying Bottled Water For State Agencies.


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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…

  • By drinking tap water, you can avoid the fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and other chemicals that studies have found in bottled water.
  • On a weekly basis, 37,800 18-wheelers are driving around the country delivering water.
  • It can take nearly 7 times the amount of water in the bottle to actually make the bottle itself. Buy a reusable bottle that lasts for a very long time instead
  • Tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon compared to the $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon charge for bottled water. If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.

Kudos to Governor Patterson for signing this order!

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  1. I got this article in my inbox today- great news! But at the bottom of the article, there is a Google Ad for Fiji bottled water delivery service for $29.95, claiming “Affordable luxury. Convenient water delivery.” (They do offer FREE shipping to really drive the bargain home).

    Either you have an even better sense of humor than I originally thought, or your Google Ads are seriously undermining your posts and your purpose.

  2. I have lived places where water is just plain nasty (ever sniffed a little Florida well water? It makes me gag to shower in it!) However, I was raised in New York City and they have amazingly good water, and it comes out SO cold. Heck even New Yorkers claim that they cannot duplicate the pizza and bagels you get there… because of the water! So, that’s good to hear. We have really great well water in SC too, I use a filter pitcher in the fridge, but straight tap for everything else.

  3. You’re right he does have a low approval rating. It’s specifically for stuff like this.

    Business owners around the state are getting phone calls weekly by people not even from this country and asked questions like.. “How many bottles of water does your business have?”

    Pulling hard working business owners away from their daily routine for this kind of nonsense is ridiculous. I spoke to a woman a week ago on this who was near impossible to understand.

    When I asked if she was even a US citizen she said…
    “So you aren’t an American?”
    “Well.. half.”

    *sigh* Half?

    Today I get another call from what sounded like another outsourced pest, pulling me again away from my work. So are tax payers paying for these wasteful and annoying phone calls too?

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