Bottled Water Banned in San Francisco

Bottled water has been banned for San Francisco city workers under an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who claims it is too costly, increases pollution and is no better than tap water.

According to the Mayor’s order “In San Francisco, for the price of one 1 gallon of bottled water, local residents can purchase 1,000 gallons of tap water,” saving around $500,000 annually and minimising the use of oil to make the plastic and to transport the bottles.

This news comes at an important time – city officials in March already prohibited the use of plastic shopping bags in large supermarkets, due to the inefficiency of the recycling efforts. Is the State going too far, or should we be excited that they are taking the lead?

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