Australia: Bundanoon in New South Wales outlaws bottled water

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Circle of Blue (Nadya Ivanova):

In the remote picturesque Southern Highlands of Australia, a small town leads by water example. The citizens of Bundanoon in New South Wales voted by a significant majority to ban the use of bottled water, making Bundanoon the first bottled water-free town in the country, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Circle of Blue is also pointing to two studies of the bottled water industry. The GAO, “released a report that concluded that FDA consumer safety rules are less strict than the comparable EPA protections required for tap water,” according to Connor Boals writing on the website.

The other group concluded that bottled water is no safer than most municipal supplies and there is no way to know because the EPA rules for water providers do not apply to bottled water.

And then they’re running this article recapping yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing about labels on bottled water.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

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