Bill Restricting San Francisco Consumers Access to Bottled Water
Not in Public Interest
In response to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's March 11, 2014,
approval of a bill restricting consumer and employee access to
single-serve bottled water on city and county property, including parks,
concerts, large public events, and mobile food trucks, the International
Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today stated that restricting consumers
access to bottled water is not in the public interest.
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) supports the right of
San Franciscans to choose clean, safe, healthy, refreshing, reliable and
zero-calorie bottled water when making their beverage decisions.
Efforts to eliminate access to bottled water on San
Francisco city or county property will force people to choose less
healthy drink options, which have more packaging, more additives (e.g.,
sugar, caffeine), and greater environmental impacts than bottled water,
says Joe Doss, IBWA president and CEO.
Moreover, this ordinance means that there will be no bottled water
available on city or county property for immune compromised people or
during emergency situations when tap water is compromised.
The Healthy Consumer Choice
In todays on-the-go society, most of what we drink comes in a package.
Consumers choose bottled water for several reasons, including its
refreshing taste, healthfulness, reliable quality, zero calories and
additives, and convenience. In fact, since 1998, approximately 73
percent of the growth in bottled water consumption has come from people
switching from carbonated soft drinks, juices, and milk to bottled
IBWA Joins Partnership for a Healthier America in Supporting New
Effort to Inspire People to Drink More Water
The International Bottled Water
Association (IBWA) is proud and excited
to be a supporter of a collaboration
between the Partnership for a Healthier
America (PHA) and PHA Honorary Chair
First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage
Americans to make an easy choice to help
improve their health and well-being
every day: drink more water.
The campaign launches today in
Watertown, Wisconsin, and the First
Lady, joined by IBWA and other
supporters, will encourage people to
drink more water, more often. Safe,
refreshing water is one of the best and
healthiest choices that nearly everyone
can make every day, whether at home, at
work, or on the go, says IBWA President
and CEO Joe Doss. It is an easy
way to stay hydrated and maintain a
According to the Institute of
Medicine and the American Journal of
Preventative Medicine, one-third of
American adults are overweight and
another one-third is obese. And, over
the last 30 years, childrens obesity
rates have climbed from five percent to
17 percent. Drinking water is
regularly cited as a key component of a
more healthful lifestyle and promoting
greater consumption of water from all
sources is vital.
PHA is asking people across the
country to visit
www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org to get
more information about the campaign.
Anyone can use the logo and messages to
encourage others to drink more water by
Tweeting about it, Facebooking it,
Instagraming it, and talking about it.
The effort can be found across social
media properties at @urH2O or via the
IBWA and its members are actively
promoting the initiatives efforts to
encourage more Americans to drink more
water more often. Safe, refreshing, and
convenient bottled water plays an
important role in providing people with
a healthy hydration beverage. We
look forward to working with the PHA and
others on this important health
initiative, says Doss.
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