Multnomah County put a ban on having bottled water at county meetings and functions. There is no ban on the purchase of bottled water. This ban is a result of environmental concerns as well as economic efficiency. By not serving bottle water at these meetings and functions, the county estimates that they will save $20,000 – $30,000 per year. They want to emphasize that water is not only good for your health but it is safe to drink.
Multnomah County, Oregon has became the first county in the state to ban bottled water from all county meetings and functions. They declared that they will now provide self serve pitchers of water from the tap to promote the use of reusable water bottles. They felt that it was inappropriate for individuals to pay for water that they claim to be “the cleanest, safest and best-tasting in the country.”
The county is predicted to save $20,000 to $30,000 a year and advocates see this as an opportunity to educate residents on the environmental, health and economic costs of buying bottled water.
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