The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s adoption of guidelines restricting the use of state funds to purchase bottled water. The recommendations were drafted by the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, created and tasked by the legislature with “greening” state spending.
On March 22, World Water Day 2008 will call attention to the critical need to protect and sustain water resources. The day “highlights the significance of cooperation and importance of an integrated approach to water resource management of water at both international and local levels,” according to the World Water Day website.
Last year, Chicago imposed a 5-cents per-bottle tax to help ease a nearly $200 million budget gap.
Not only is this tax discriminatory against bottled water, but the effects of the extra cost can really hurt business in the city, as we see in Eric Zorn’s column in the Chicago Tribune.