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Jan 6, 2009

So Much For a Ban in St. Louis

In August, the city of St. Louis joined one of a very few others around the country to ban bottled water in government offices.  But according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Four months later…bottled water is hardly a scarce commodity at City Hall. Just visit one of the building’s vending machines. Or even the cafeteria.

So where’s it coming from?  Out of the pockets of some city employees – and, oddly, with city funds.  The reason?

Unlike city tap water, the mayor’s control over other city departments is a tad murky. St. Louis’ fractured government structure means that many City Hall departments are out of the mayor’s reach, including the Board of Aldermen and the Police Department.

In some cases, his “order” is more a suggestion.

Take the police department.  It spent $795 for bottled water, for a good and obvious cause: to give officers something to refresh themselves as they stand in fixed positions for hours at a time.  “The least we can do is give them something to drink,” a police spokesperson told Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman.

Moral of this story?  Ban it, tax it, do whatever you want to it.  But when consumers want a healthy beverage option, they’re still going to find a way to drink bottled water. 

It’s better than some other alternatives.

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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