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Clark County, WA Breaks the Bottled Water Habit, Saves Money and Resources

February 11, 2009

Source: Clark County, Washington

Working with RPN, Clark County is shrinking its ecological footprint and saving an estimated $15,000 annually by eliminating the purchase of bottled water and water jugs by county departments and agencies.

Clark County has established a new bottled water policy whereby county departments or agencies will no longer purchase bulk water jugs, single serving bottles, or other forms of bottled water using county funds unless required for public health purposes or stipulated in an employee contract.  The prohibition also applies to county funded and/or sponsored events. The new policy took effect  February 3rd, 2009.

Municipality water already reaches beyond state and federal requirements, but Clark County Campus filters municipality water through three additional 5-micron rated filters. This means that 98% of all particles larger than 5 microns will be removed.

The Center for a New American Dream has partnered up with Clark County to assist in efforts to phase out bottled water purchases and implement alternatives.

 “As a member of the Center for a New American Dream‘s Responsible Purchasing Network, Clark County, WA is part of a growing movement of government innovators finding ways to use their spending power to move the market toward sustainability. Breaking the bottled water habit is a straightforward way of cutting costs while reducing waste and supporting our public drinking water infrastructure," says RPN Director, Chris O'Brien.
Clark County’s action is part of a wave of bans on bottled water procurement, which includes other governments such as the Austin, TX; Berkeley, California; Fairfax County, VA and dozens of others. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution encouraging the phase out of government use of bottled water in favor of clean, affordable municipal water. The resolution was authored by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and sponsored by mayors from 17 major cities.


Want to help your organization save money and resources by eliminating bottled water?  Check out Think Outside the Bottle: The Responsible Purchasing Guide to Bottled Water Alternatives, by RPN and Corporate Accountability International.



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