Water, Water Everywhere…Why Isn’t It Banned?

By June 23, 2008General

From the Chicago Tribune:

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Near the water’s edge on Jefferson Street, Louise Vaughan, a slight woman with strong hands, lugged cartons of bottled water near where volunteers were filling sandbags. As the Mississippi rose toward historic levels, Vaughan was ordered out of her trailer home on Monday, the same home where she rode out the Great Flood of ’93.

Unbelievable. How dare she. Doesn’t Ms. Vaughan recognize the environmental disaster she’s inflicting on the world?

She needs to pay more attention to the wise and enlightened mayors, people like Minneapolis’ R.T. Ryback:

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other mayors from around the country are urging all U.S. cities to stop spending tax money on bottled water, and instead drink from the tap.

Although there are some sticks in the mud like Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart.

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an absent McCrory failed to fight off a resolution encouraging cities to stop spending public money on bottled water.

The resolution, sponsored by mayors in 15 cities – including New York, Boston and Chicago – called on cities to “phase out, where feasible, government use of bottled water and promote the importance of municipal water.”

McCrory and another mayor, Don Robart of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, had offered a competing resolution, withdrawn on Saturday, that merely stressed the importance of municipal water and encouraged recycling efforts.

Not symbolic enough, gentlemen. We need GRAND symbolic gestures, like bans.

Sarcasm aside, if a city wants to save money by filling pitchers from the tap, go right ahead. But the hypersensitivity to anything that can be garbed in a cloak of green sentiment inevitably spreads, becomes less suggestion and more coercion, depriving the public of choice. Next thing you know cities like Chicago will be taxing bottled water, hiding their appetite for revenue behind environmentalist rhetoric. And then comes the bans, not just on city purchases, but consumption.

And how is that city bottled water tax going, Chicago?

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