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Friday, October 12, 2007

San Francisco: Now with Less Bottled Water

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 11:35 AM


Now that everybody has finally gotten used to the idea that bottled water is cleaner, tastier, and cooler than plain old tap water, it's time to switch back! That's the message that blared from the steps of Oakland City Hall on Wednesday as part of nonprofit Corporate Accountability International's campaign to "Think Outside The Bottle."

Citing the high cost, the waste of transporting bottled water, and the billions of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, the group is trying to persuade cities across the country to dump their bottled-water contracts in favor of plain old municipal tap water. Oakland spends $45,000 a years on the stuff, while San Francisco is already phasing out its $500,00 annual tab.

As one who almost never buys bottled water, I have to say: Being a cheap bastard never felt so progressive!

-- Brian Bernbaum

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