Los Angeles is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in order to grant the city “Blue Community” status.
The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to start working on laws to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on city property.
The council instructed city departments to compose recommendations on how to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles within city facilities and at city-sponsored and permitted events, according to NBC Los Angeles. The council also wants a report identifying water sites and modifications to event permitting and vendor contracts.
"When we look at this challenge globally and see that there are 2 billion people across the face of the earth who don't have reliable sources of drinking water, you can imagine how much that contributes to global instability, global health," said city Councilman Paul Krekorian during a discussion at City Hall.
Krekorian aims to phase out single-use plastics because of their negative effects on the environment. Los Angeles International Airport and other large city facilities would be added to the ban on selling plastic single-use bottles.
In an effort to see this goal through, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is installing and refurbishing 200 public drinking stations, which will be completed by 2022, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
The city council recently adopted a resolution to make Los Angeles a "Blue Community" which essentially means the city will regard water as a fundamental human right regardless of socioeconomic status, reported ABC 7.
"Shame on us as a society that we're allowing people to become multimillionaires and billion-dollar companies to make money off of this natural resource that belongs to all of us, when they're providing it to us in the most environmentally damaging means possible by these single-use plastic water bottles," said Krekorian.
This project is part of the city's Green New Deal and preparation efforts for the 2028 Olympic Games, according to NBC Los Angeles.