WASHINGTON – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recently testified before Congress, suggesting that bottled water is an indispensable component of the American lifestyle. President and CEO of IBWA, Joe Doss, spoke before the U.S. Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality’s hearing on the quality and environmental impacts of bottled water.
Doss suggested that, “with the rise in obesity and diabetes in the United States, any actions that discourage the consumption of bottled water are not in the public interest.” He pointed out that many consumers choose the packaged fluid over other choices that contain calories and caffeine. He also pointed out how important bottled water is when disasters — such as floods — occur and tap water is rendered unavailable.
According to IBWA, “Bottled water is comprehensively and stringently regulated in the United States at both the federal and state levels.” Yet, a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that, “bottled water is essentially regulated on the honor system in most states. Unlike tap water suppliers, bottlers need not disclose to consumers known contaminants in their products.”
Read the press release here.