Washington state is making waves across the country with their proposed ban on bottled water. Manufacturers and extractors of the natural liquid could soon be forced to find other alternatives to capturing cool, spring water from the Cascade Mountains and beyond. On February 17, 2020, the proposed bill passed the state senate and is awaiting final approval from the rest of the state’s government officials. If passed, it would pose as a big win for environmentalists and activists in Washington and around the country. Here are three key things you need to know about this move and what it means for the future of bottled water.
The bill is set to block new permits submitted by bottled water companies from taking hold and restricting their capacity to pull natural spring water from underground locations. The ban would retroactively impact those that have been filed after January 1, 2019. According to the Wall Street Journal, the proposal was taken up after bottling company Crystal Geyser Roxane, “purchased an 80-acre parcel of land in the mountains about 100 miles south of Seattle and began exploratory drilling operations for water there.”
With CG Roxane, LLC on the hook for drilling near residential areas, people are taking a closer look at their operations, not just in the state of Washington. According to the Portland Press Herald, leaked emails show that CG Geyser lawyered up and started a legal campaign to sue those living in the local subdivision who opposed the plant. Digging deeper, it was discovered that the company had little concern for the environment and pled guilty to storing toxic wastewater in an arsenic pond in eastern California. It then sent that water off to treatment plants without disclosing its contaminants, thus sparking more concern for residents in Washington, and why the Democratic-majority state could be the first in the nation to pass such a ban on bottled water operations.
Who Supports the Bill?
Along with residents and local and state activists, the proposed bill is getting a lot of support from the Food and Water Watch, a non-profit based out Washington, D.C. According to their spokesperson and campaign director Mary Grant, “bottled water is unnecessary and wasteful and really damages the environment.”
However, the International Bottled Water Association claims that the restriction efforts are based off of misguided information and emotionally charged allegations. Furthermore, bottled water companies around the United States claim their operations are safe and they do very little to harm the environment.
So, What are the Alternatives to Bottled Water?
Support for the ban on bottled water is growing, and one of the best ways to eliminate your dependency is to turn to reusable bottles and an in-house filtered system. With so many options on the market, you can find bottles based on color, design, functionality, and so much more. Installing a bottleless water system in the office encourages your employees to steer clear of plastic bottles yet allows them to stay hydrated.
With the proper system from Optimum, you can rest assured that the water is filtered and free from sediment, chlorine, bacteria, and more. By hooking directly to your tap water system, you won’t have to lug 5-gallon jugs up and down the stairs, and you can supply your business with hot or cold drinking water, all from one dispenser.