ABQ to Phase Out Bottled Water in City Buildings

Saturday's edition of National Public Radio News featured Mayor Chavez discussing a resolution he co-wrote for the U.S. Conference of Mayors planning the end of bottled water in city buildings across America. He said the use of bottled water was "environmentally disastrous" and that "one and a half million barrels of oil are utilized annually to make the bottles." City employees would be allowed to bring bottled water to work, however no city funds would be used for bottled water purchases. The best estimates are that 86% of plastic bottles are NOT recycled.

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Comment by tinsree on July 21, 2008 at 9:00am
so wierd that i am so on board with the mayor on this. next up would be to get households that buy entire pallets of individual water at Costco to buy glass liter bottles instead.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on July 21, 2008 at 9:01am
I'm going to forego the snarky and say that this is a good idea. I am sitting in the jury selection room (day 3 of 14) and they have graciously provided me with all the "eco-shaped" ("30% less plastic"-- less than what- drinking out of a nalgene?) bottles of water I and my brethren can drink. They probably go thru 2-3 cases of this in a half day. Remember way back in like, the 80's, when NOONE used mass marketed water bottles? Was life a living hell then? Not really.
Comment by Tricross on July 21, 2008 at 9:06am
What is commonly overlooked it the fuel used to transport the water. Water is heavy stuff to move around and you put cases of it on a truck or ship and you are using lot-o-fuel and increasing the carbon footprint of your daily life by consuming it.
Comment by PABLODIABLO on July 21, 2008 at 1:38pm
Yay!
Comment by KC on July 22, 2008 at 11:14am
People love to complain about Mayor Chavez... but, his progressive thinking has done great things for this city.
Comment by Musashi on July 22, 2008 at 1:23pm
Yeah, I complained about Marty a lot but this is a great idea. Remember the good old days when public bldgs just had a drinking fountain out in the hall somewhere?
Comment by Khan on July 22, 2008 at 3:28pm
Wasn't it the mayor's big idea to start bottling the water being brought in from out west in order to "introduce" it to people? [subsequent black mold issue aside: industrial foul ups are occasional and inevitable.] The Mayor is a paper weathervane; but he wants to look like a gale force wind.

Individually portioned bottled water should be banned PERIOD, far as I'm concerned. One of the greatest scams of all time, and, indeed, an environmental disaster on a scale that is unimaginable!

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