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San Francisco Joins New York State in Banning Bottled Water in Public Offices


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SAN FRANCISCO BIDS GOODBYE TO

BOTTLED WATER (Bottleless Water Coolers to

the Rescue)

APRIL 11, 2014
ERIN DIAZ
San Francisco bids goodbye to bottled water

Victory!

Last month the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a historic ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor David Chiu, eliminating the sale of most bottled water on city property and parks. Despite Coke and Nestlé’s trade associations’ attempts to derail the ordinance, the Board of Supervisors stood strong!

Corporate Accountability International and its allies secured this precedent-setting victory after months of organizing closely with San Francisco city leaders, including the bill’s co-sponsors and champions of the tap: Supervisors Chiu and Eric Mar. We provided the political backing champion supervisors needed by mobilizing on-the-ground grassroots support from our members, small businesses and a committed cadre of organizations, including ally Story of Stuff and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Indeed, as water privateers continue to aggressively push for private control of water both in the United States and around the world, this ordinance is an important declaration of our collective commitment to the tap: our common good and most essential resource. It increases San Franciscans’ access to their high-quality public water with the installation of new drinking fountains and refill stations throughout the city — and leads the way for other cities, states and national parks to join and Think Outside the Bottle.

And now, with San Francisco Mayor Lee’s signature on the dotted line, San Francisco has become the largest city in the country to give bottled water the boot.

Scroll down to take a look at our organizers in action during the key rally and vote that just took place.

National water organizer Katherine Sawyer speaks at the rally outside City Hall

Sawyer talks to media at ABC

Supervisor David Chiu takes the tap water challenge!

The ordinance passed with a unanimous vote

Erin Diaz is Campaign Director for Think Outside the Bottle and Public Water Works!



 

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