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s.f. considers law to curb plastic water bottles

by:Greenweimo     2019-11-11
(CBS/AP)SAN FRANCISCO -
Cities that manage Happy Meal toys and ban the use of plastic shopping bags have new goals in terms of health --conscious, eco-
Friendly cross line: plastic.
City officials are considering a regulation requiring owners with new and refurbished buildings with water dispensers to install special bottlesfilling taps.
The law is intended to encourage thirsty people to refill containers instead of going to get another bottle of Evian or water.
\"This is the proper next step to make it easier for San Francisco people to get rid of the bad habits of using environmental protection --
David Chiu, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said: \"Waste plastic water bottles and develop a good habit of using reusable water containers . \" He introduced the legislation in June.
Harris Qiu told KCBS reporter Barbara Taylor that California dumped billions of water bottles into the state\'s landfill every year.
A bottle filled fountain.
Global tap bottle
San Francisco International Airport and a number of city parks and schools have found filling taps like those required by Chiu measures.
They are mounted behind the normal tap of the water dispenser, with fast cooling water --
Enough to hold the flow vertical jet of most water containers.
The advocate said there was a bottle.
Specific faucets encourage reuse of water bottles by eliminating long waits to fill water bottles and eliminating concerns about bacteria.
Some people think that drinking water from fountains exposed to so many people\'s mouths will twist their bodies, although city officials say the fountains are as sanitary as the taps.
Skeptics question whether the regulation is necessary, as the proposed taps will be highly exempt from the same fees --
Public water coming out of other faucets and water dispensers.
Businesses often complain that lawmakers in San Francisco are too fast to impose bans or restrictions that affect their bottom line.
\"If you are in the office, there is a sink in your kitchen, there is a faucet in the sink, and the faucet will put Hetchy (reservoir)
\"Water,\" said Ken clivelan, representative of the San Francisco Association of Construction owners and managers.
\"This is just another new law that San Francisco has implemented on the basis of hundreds of other laws --rather, force -
Compliance with sustainable practices.
\"Despite initial doubts, the association is still waiting for more details before taking a stand on the law.
Add bottle-
According to the manufacturer, the faucet of the existing water dispenser costs at least about $750.
For officials at Penn State, the cost is worth it.
After three years of trying, the university is now installing faucets on all campuses, said Lydia Vandenberg, an official who oversees the university\'s reduction in the use of plastic water bottles.
Students are more likely to accept filling bottles with special taps than water dispensers considered dirty.
\"In an era of high hygiene, it is an obstacle for many people,\" Van Denberg said . \".
University officials estimate that the busiest faucets are replacing equivalent to 35,000 plastic bottles per month.
Chiu\'s regulations say plastic bottles are \"harmful to the environment\" and when there is cheap tap water, it is unnecessary to take up landfill space and cause greenhouse gas emissions.
Since 2007, the San Francisco Municipal Department has been banned from buying plastic bottles.
Chiu said he considered other positive measures to contain bottles, including charges and a thorough ban.
The proposed regulations, he said, are less stringent and aim to raise awareness about drinking tap water as an alternative.
Environmental groups support St. Francis\'s efforts to wean themselves from plastic water bottles.
\"Drinking water in San Francisco is the best in the country.
\"It\'s ridiculous that people will go out and spend their very limited money now to buy bottled water,\" said Wu, a lawyer at the National Resource Protection Council . \".
Chris Hogan, spokesman for the International Bottled Water Association, said the bottled water industry accounts for only a small proportion of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
He welcomed efforts to encourage drinking tap water, but said the measures did not require demonizing bottled water.
\"When you come up with an argument to stop people from drinking bottled water, you choose bottled drinks and you cancel the healthiest option,\" Hogan said . \".
Chiu introduced the regulation at the meeting of the Board of Supervisors on June 26.
It is expected that it will be submitted to the competent land use and economic development committee in September and, if passed, to the Board of Supervisors.
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