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News & Media

Oct 29, 2008

Bottled Water: The Government’s Top Priority? Shouldn’t Be.

Sometimes, government actions are misinformed and misplaced, notes Donald A. Mounce, the senior editor of Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine.  (Not quite as well known as Newsweek, but still…)

Yet Mounce knows firsthand about wrong government actions, as a former elected – and currently appointed – local official.  “In some cases, the egregious nature of government priorities is very clear and becomes quite unbearable,” he writes. 

And Mounce continues:

This is where we find ourselves on the argument of banning bottled water.  It is unconscionable that any level of government or any bureaucratic unit would in any way find this a good idea.

It is simply ridiculous.

Somehow the bottled water industry is targeted as the reason for rising oil prices, improper waste management, the lack of complete plastic recycling, global warming and probably, for some, the lack of world peace…this is another case of unnecessary government social engineering for the wrong reasons and in the wrong way. 

And as Mounce puts succinctly, in regard to tap, filtered, or bottled waters:

“Any way to get potable water in the hands of anyone who needs it is an excellent method; there is no best, better, or worse way.  It is all good and it all has value to our health and to our global societies, whether for convenience of individual s or necessary use in times of global dsiaster.” 

To read the entire piece, click here.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Jill Culora, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].


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