• All Share : 52797.58
    DOWN -0.91%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 45916.48
    DOWN -1.02%
    Financial 15 : 15104.54
    DOWN -0.34%
    Industrial 25 : 70311.61
    DOWN -0.65%
    Resource 10 : 31313.57
    DOWN -2.79%

  • ZAR/USD : 13.8787
    DOWN -1.94%
    ZAR/GBP : 18.3403
    DOWN -1.32%
    ZAR/EUR : 15.52
    DOWN -1.00%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1356
    UP 1.27%
    ZAR/AUD : 10.5485
    DOWN -0.74%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1350.4
    UP 1.18%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1147
    UP 1.41%
    Silver US$/oz : 20.29
    UP 0.90%
    Palladium US$/oz : 709
    UP 1.87%
    Brent Crude : 42.46
    DOWN -0.35%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Sat Jul 30 03:55:45 SAST 2016

US town passes law banning bottled water

Sapa-AFP | 03 January, 2013 08:28
Bottled water. File photo.
Image by: Steven Depolo (Flickr)

Water, water everywhere, just not in plastic bottles, says a town in the US state of Massachusetts.

A law passed by the town of Concord went into effect with the New Year, making single-serving bottles of water illegal.

The ban is intended to encourage use of tap water and curb the worldwide problem of plastic pollution.

It only applies to "non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water." Coke or other soft drinks are exempt.

Jean Hill, an 84-year-old activist, thought up the ban, arguing that bottles fill garbage dumps, while consumers are lured into drinking water they could obtain for a tiny fraction of the cost at their own sink.

"The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us. I'm going to work until I drop on this," Hill told The New York Times in 2010.

First time offenders get a warning. Anyone caught selling the banned bottles a second time will be fined $25, and $50 thereafter.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.