Several universities and municipalities have enacted the proposal for a bottled water ban.
First to Ban Bottled Water
University: The University of Leeds is the first university to ban bottled still water from all its bars, cafes, and shops.
City: San Francisco, California, is the first city municipality to ban bottled water.
Town: The small town of Bundanoon, New South Wales (Australia) is the first town to ban bottled water.
Reasons to Ban Bottled Water
- The ban on bottled water would reduce waste and protect the environment by preventing the manufacture, purchase, use, and discarding of up to 68 billion plastic water bottles a year.
- Banning bottled water would reduce exposure to potentially contaminated water sources due to the toxic chemicals emitted from the bottles and the plastic bottle manufacturing plants.
- A ban would save consumers and local governments money and protect local communities from the threat of depleted or contaminated municipal tap water supplies.
- Banning bottled water would encourage people to choose sustainable alternatives – refillable water.
- The manufacture of plastic bottles requires oil, water, and environmental costs of transporting. This additional use of oil and plastic contributes to global warming, carbon emissions which is unnecessary.
Reasons not to Ban Bottled Water
- The ban on bottled water would reduce healthy beverage choices for consumers, leading to increased consumption of unhealthy sugary drinks.
- According to International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), water bottling industry has a lower water footprint than others so before banning bottled water we might want to look at other types of bottled drinks.
- Due to unsafe tap water containing contaminants, banning bottled will make it more difficult to access healthy and safe water.