IBWA Issues Statement on Mass. Attorney General Upholding Bottled Water Sale Ban
IBWA says any actions that discourage people from drinking bottled water are not in the public interest
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) issued the following statement regarding the decision by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to support banning bottled water sales in Concord:
“We are disappointed in the decision by the state attorney general to approve the amendments to the bylaws of the town of Concord, Mass., that ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve PET bottles within the town, and we are exploring all available options to continue to oppose the bylaw.
“People need to drink more water. The consumption of water, whether from the bottle or the tap, is a good thing and supports people’s pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Any actions that discourage people from drinking bottled water are not in the public interest. People choose bottled water for several reasons, including its refreshing taste, reliable quality, zero calories and additives, and convenience. Banning or restricting access to bottled water in the marketplace directly impacts the right of people to choose the healthiest beverage on the shelf. And for many, bottled water is a critical alternative to other packaged beverages, which are often less healthy. Bottled water must therefore be available wherever packaged beverages are sold.
“For those who want to eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors and other ingredients from their diet, choosing bottled water is the right choice. In fact, since 2000, approximately 73% of the growth in bottled water consumption has come from people switching from carbonated soft drinks. That’s the equivalent of avoiding an additional 280 calories per person, per week.”