Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Send a letter to your mayor!
The letter's already written for you, and there's a link on the page giving contact info for your mayor...does it get any easier?
The website is here, but here's the text in full:
Contact your Mayor
Ask him/her to support Resolution 70
The bottled water industry is up to no good, once again. For months, you have helped us turn the spotlight on the impacts of bottled water – from extraction to transportation to the way we all think about water – and you have encouraged your cities to take action.
Now, the industry wants to stop our mayors from protecting the environment, saving taxpayer dollars and promoting strong public water systems. This month mayors from across the country joined together to spearhead a resolution calling for a phase out of bottled water in city hall. The American Beverage Association, the trade group representing Coke, Nestlé and Pepsi, hired a team of lobbyists to oppose the resolution, concerned that it might further tarnish the industry’s image.
Ask your mayor to support city water and vote for Resolution No. 70 - here is the letter to send to your mayor - copy this into an email or mail it to him/her:
Click here to find contact information for your mayor: http://usmayors.org/uscm/meet_mayors/cities_online/
I am writing to ask you to please support Resolution 70 at the upcoming US Conference of Mayors’ meeting. This resolution encourages cities to phase out, where feasible, government use of bottled water and to promote the importance of municipal water.
Bottled water has an impact: from extraction to transportation to the way we all think about water. I truly believe that this resolution is good for taxpayers, for the environment and for our public water.
I hope that you will join me in thinking outside the bottle. Please vote yes on resolution 70.
Thank you for your attention.
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor of San Francisco
The Honorable Michael Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
The Honorable Thomas Menino
Mayor of Boston
The Honorable Laurel Lunt Prussing
Mayor of Urbana
The Honorable Martin Chavez
Mayor of Albuquerque
The Honorable Dan Coody
Mayor of Fayetteville
The Honorable Will Wynn
Mayor of Austin
The Honorable R.T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis
The Honorable David Cicilline
Mayor of Providence
The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone
Mayor of Somerville
The Honorable Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago
The Honorable Marty Blum
Mayor of Santa Barbara
The Honorable Michael Nutter
Mayor of Philadelphia
The Honorable Manuel Diaz
Mayor of Miami
SUPPORTING MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS
WHEREAS, the United States' municipal water systems are among the finest in the world; and
WHEREAS, high quality, safe drinking water is already available at most public locations; and
WHEREAS, mayors are responsible for delivering safe and affordable water to our citizens; and
WHEREAS, bottled water is regulated by the FDA and municipal tap water is regulated by the EPA and has more stringent requirements for testing; and
WHEREAS, local governments invest approximately $82 billion a year to provide water and sewer services; and
WHEREAS, bottled water often costs more than an equivalent volume of gasoline, equivalent to 1,000 to 10,000 times more than tap water; and
WHEREAS, up to 40% of bottled water on the market comes from municipal water systems and the bottled water industry generated $15 billion in revenues in 2006 from U.S. consumers; and
WHEREAS, bottled water often travels many miles from the source, resulting in the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels, releasing CO2 and other pollution into the atmosphere; and
WHEREAS, plastic water bottles are one of the fastest growing sources of municipal waste; and
WHEREAS, in the U.S. the production of plastic bottles for bottled water currently requires the energy equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil per year – enough to generate fuel for over a million cars for a year – and generates more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide; and
WHEREAS, we applaud the US Conference of Mayors for its National City Water Taste Test, which recognizes all of the great work municipal water systems do for its residents on a daily basis, year after year; and
WHEREAS, the US Conference of Mayors, per Resolution #90 adopted in June 2007, has compiled much information regarding the importance of municipal water and the impact of bottled water on municipal waste.
WHEREAS, the evidence suggests that banning bottled water from government use highlights the importance of municipal water and decreases the impact of bottled water on municipal waste.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors encourages cities to phase out, where feasible, government use of bottled water and promote the importance of municipal water.