IBWA News Splash
April 28, 2022
Vol. 23, No. 16
  IBWA Submits Comments Opposing Legislation Harmful to Bottled Water in Rhode Island and Los Angeles
IBWA submitted comments this week opposing legislation in Rhode Island and Los Angeles that would harm bottled water sales in both locations. In Rhode Island, IBWA commented in opposition to a broad piece of legislation that, among other items, would prohibit the use of state funds to purchase “single-serving bottled water” except in emergency situations. The measure, House Bill 7661, would have also prohibited state funds being used to purchase single-use plastic check-out bags and contracting with any provider using polystyrene packaging.
The legislation was addressed by the House Committee on Finance on April 26 and was held for further study. The proposal also included provisions on other items, including state funds being used to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and recycling requirements in state buildings.
In Los Angeles, the battle over plastic reduction continues, as the full City Council is preparing to act on recent recommendations from the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Rivers Committee on the reduction of single-use plastics. The Committee made several recommendations on a report from LA Sanitation (LASAN) that would include moving forward with plans to prohibit the sale, use, and provision of water packaged in plastic bottles on city property and at city events.
The Committee's recommendations are the first steps in implementing the suggested actions proposed by the LASAN report to reduce single-use plastics throughout the city. While it is expected the City Council will support these recommendations, one of the more important components is providing the necessary funding for continued work on LASAN’s multi-point and multi-year reduction plan.
IBWA went on record to oppose both these proposals highlighting the following matters:
  • Efforts to restrict access to bottled water will hinder individuals searching for a healthier beverage alternative.
  • Bottled water has the lowest environmental footprint of any packaged beverage.
  • Being strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product makes bottled water a safe choice for consumers.
  • The recommendations put citizens at extreme high risk should there be a failure of a public water system.
CLICK HERE to read IBWA’s comments for Rhode Island.
CLICK HERE to read IBWA’s comments for Los Angeles.
If you have any questions, please contact IBWA Director of Government Relations J.P. Toner: 703.647.4616 or jtoner@bottledwater.org.

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In This Issue:
• IBWA Submits Comments Opposing Legislation Harmful to Bottled Water in Rhode Island and Los Angeles
• IBWA Monitoring Latest Developments on Recycled Content Mandates in California, Washington, and Maine
• Exemplary Leadership: Nominate Your Plant Leaders for IBWA's Plant Manager of the Year
• IBWA Informs the Public About the Importance of Investing in Recycling for Earth Day
• IBWA's May Social Media Toolkit Is Now Available
• Reminder: Second Payments for 2022 IBWA Membership Renewals Due, Any Outstanding Members Should Renew Now
• Register Now for the 14th Annual Hydration for Health Conference
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