The Northwest Bottled Water Association responded to by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels’ recent action to try and curb the use of bottled water, in an op/ed carried today by the the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Click here to read it.
The mayor’s “drinking-up” campaign infringes upon consumer choice and harms hard-working Seattle bottled water production, support and retail businesses. More than half of the U.S. bottled water industry is made up of small businesses with annual sales of less than $1 million and just a few employees. The overwhelming majority has sales of less than $10 million.
Much of this translates to the local Seattle bottled water industry and the related retail and other businesses have deep roots and strong ties in the community. Seattle needs to be a place where people can enjoy the safety, refreshment and convenience of bottled water and where they can rely on the city to provide people with a good public water supply and objective information on the products they choose.