On September 5, the Massachusetts Attorney General approved amendments that the town of Concord made to its bylaws, making it the first town in the United States to ban the sale of plain, single-use bottled water. This was a historic decision, and a very exciting one.
Then-82-year-old resident Jean Hill was the first to take action. Hill lobbied neighbors and town officials, explaining the numerous negative impacts of the bottled water industry. She kept up momentum by screening documentaries like Tapped, and using resources like Food & Water Watch’s “Free Your Event from Bottled Water Guide.”
Banning single-use bottled water is a huge step towards breaking the myth that bottled water is safer than tap water, and will cut down on the problem of discarded bottles adding up to create massive amounts of waste. In the words of our Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter:
“The sale of bottled water amounts to the privatization of a natural resource, which should be guaranteed as a human right and not sold at exorbitant prices.”
Bottled water takes away from the accessibility of this vital human resource.
Concord’s decision to ban the sale of water in single serving PET plastic bottles is a huge victory for water and environmental advocates, and shows the effectiveness and power of citizens who demand sound legislation that promotes water as a human right.
If you want to ban the bottle in your community, learn how to take back the tap!