Earlier this week, New York Governor David Paterson ordered all state agencies to stop buying and using bottled water and instead make water fountains and tap water dispensers available for employees, if they aren't already.
Large, cooler-sized water bottles are to be phased out as well as the single-serving bottles. Paterson cited economic and environmental reasons for enforcing the switch, saying that taxpayers pay for clean drinking water and it should be used and that bottled water is wasteful and requires large amounts of energy to transport.
State agencies will be monitored to make sure they are complying with the new rule.
The New York State government follows the San Francisco city government, New York City Council and other jurisdictions in prohibiting bottled water. With environmental and economic concerns weighing on most city and state governments, it's likely many more areas will require the switch to tap water.
via New York Times
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