The Washington state legislature is considering a measure that analysts say would effectively shut down the bottled water industry in the state.
With a number of bottled water companies throughout upstate NY (here’s a shortlist of the top bottlers by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Water Supply Protection current certified bottlers: Nirvana, Saratoga Springs, Crystal Geyser Roxanne, Adirondack Beverages, Mountain Valley Spring, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestle Waters, RTD Beverages, etc. – read the entire list here).
The measure, which is championed by environmentalists, would block bottled water companies from filling their bottles with water from natural springs. Activists say the use of natural springs by the bottled water industry is putting a strain on water tables and threatening aquatic life. They also charge that these products contribute to plastic pollution.
With Democrats controlling the state government, chances are good that the bill will become law. It has passed at the state senate level and is expected to get approval from the house.
Washington could become the first state where the industry is blocked throughout the state, though other municipalities have taken similar action. A Michigan court ruled in December in favor of a town’s ordinance that stopped Nestle Waters from getting a permit it said was necessary to help it move water more efficiently.
Aside from issues relating to natural sources of water, many environmentalists have targeted the industry to reduce the number of plastic bottles that are produced and end up as waste in landfills and the ocean. San Francisco is among a handful of cities that have limited bottled water within its boundaries in recent years.
The heightened awareness of plastic pollution has prompted at least one company to move away from plastic containers for its water. PepsiCo announced last year that it will start selling canned water as part of an effort to curb its plastic use.
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