New York’s Government Takes Steps to Ban the Bottle

Published On January 12, 2012 | By Tomás Bosque | News

Could New York be finally joining the green urban ranks of eco-impressive cities like San Francisco and Chicago?

New York’s state government, inspired by Illinois’ identical move, announced plans to phase out the purchase of pesky plastic bottled water—and their larger water cooler counterparts—from state-owned agencies over the next six months.

Their reasoning?

Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars to ensure that we have clean drinking water supplies. If we are going to make such significant investments, we should reap the benefits and use that water. Our efforts will serve as an example for local governments, businesses and residents to follow.

Naturally, environmental organizations—knowing that tap water quality is just as safe, if not safer than bottled water—are giving their two thumbs up.

Peter Leher of the Natural Resources Defense Council agreed saying, New York State is home to some of the highest quality drinking water supplies in the nation. The decision not only makes sense when it comes to public health—it will save taxpayers money and cut global warming emissions from the manufacture and transport of bottled water.

We can’t help but wonder if the governor has been surfing Planet Green—and realized that yes, going green actually saves money and promotes good health!

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