Bottled Water Ban Advances in New Haven

Posted by Trish Riley, February 16, 2011

When a crowd turned out to put an end to bottled water use in New Haven city buildings and schools, one advocate of the change offered government workers their own bottle—minus the imported H20.

“I promise a nice, reusable water bottle with your name on it for any city official who feels inconvenienced by this,” said Aaron Goode, one of a crowd of supporters at City Hall of an initiative that would see New Haven officials and students return to a public good: tap water.

The crowd turned out Tuesday night for a hearing of the Board of Aldermen’s City Services and Environmental Policy Committee.

Justin Haaheim of Act New Haven, asked the commission to “walk the walk, by governing the city with integrity and foresight.” He noted that the proposal would save money, and reduce New Haven’s carbon footprint.

“There’s a lot of talk about how these bottles can be recycled,” said C.J. May, Yale’s recycling coordinator. “But too many are just thrown out.” He caught the commission’s attention with a few magic tricks: a smoking water bottle (representing the pollution created by trucking bottled water into the city), and a floating bottle.

If we drink tap water, we won’t have to worry about all that, he said.

via Bottled Water Ban Advances | New Haven Independent.