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Jun 3, 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer runs Op/Ed from Tim Dougherty, Northwest Bottled Water Association

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.

An excerpt:

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.

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
Chris Hogan, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].

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