JULY 2011

Citizens of Concord defeat ban on bottled water

The citizens of Concord, Massachusetts, voted down a proposal to ban the sale of single-serve bottled water.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) commended the Retail Association of Massachusetts, who agreed that banning bottled water would hurt local merchants and burden Concord taxpayers. In addition, IBWA recognized the effort made by the Concord Board of Health and Emerson Hospital in Concord, who sent individual letters opposing the ban, citing public health issues if bottled water was not readily available to its citizens.

The Town of Concord faced an influx of attention from anti-bottled water activists seeking total bans on bottled water sales.

A second proposal seeking to educate Concord voters on the environmental issues did pass but the measure does not address all plastic containers.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, bottled water containers make up just one-third of one percent of the entire United States waste stream. Therefore, any efforts to reduce the environmental impact of plastic packaging must include all consumer goods.