Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

IBWA SUPPORTS A STRONG AND VIABLE PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today) would like to express support for the maintenance and improvement of a strong, viable U.S. water infrastructure system. Our nation’s water supply and waste water systems are in need of improvements due to the aging infrastructure. However, in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, IBWA’s stated its objections to proposed new taxes on bottled water. The Subcommittee is holding a hearing today on HR 3202, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, that seeks improve infrastructure by imposing new taxes on water-based beverages, produced disposed into wastewater, pharmaceuticals and corporate profits. .

IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss noted: “IBWA opposes singling out and imposing a tax on water-based beverages. Like all other commercial users, water bottlers pay a pre-determined rate for the use of that municipal water. It is unfair and inequitable to single out water-based beverages, including bottled water, from a myriad of other food and non-food industries and manufacturers in the U.S. that use municipal water. It fails to address the totality of the water infrastructure challenges. Broad-based funding is essential to provide a sustainable source of revenue to improve our aging water infrastructure.”

“IBWA members recognize that they, along with other commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural users, must do their part to fund necessary improvements and expansion to our nation’s infrastructure. However, primary responsibility for such maintenance and improvement belongs to water utilities, which should be self-sustaining through rates that treat all users equitably,” Mr. Doss noted.

The beverage industry, which includes bottled water, uses minimal amounts of water to efficiently produce important consumer products. Even if we assumed that all water used in beverages comes from public water supplies, the total amount would be approximately 1/3 of one percent of all public water usage. In fact, the majority of bottled water is produced from self supplied groundwater sources.

According to a 2005 study by the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF), annual bottled water production accounts for less than 2/100 of one percent (0.02%) of the total groundwater withdrawn in the United States each year, which is the water source for the vast majority of the United States bottled water production. Additionally, based on information gathered in the DWRF study, in 2001, 87% of the water withdrawn by bottled water companies, on average, was actually bottled for consumption by humans. Thus, bottling water is a very efficient process.

“Bottled water fulfills a critical need for citizens and first responders immediately following a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Bottled water companies also work with municipal water systems to provide the public with clean, safe bottled water when the public drinking water infrastructure is compromised or when the water does not meet state and federal health standards. To tax bottled water for water infrastructure needs is counterproductive,” Mr. Doss stated.

The article was provided courtesy of the IBWA

Monday, July 13, 2009

Environmental Working Group’s New Report on Bottled Water Labels Fails

A report on bottled water labeling released at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on July 8, 2009 submitted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) did not make any claim of violations of FDA labeling requirements. According to Joe Doss, the International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) President and CEO, who testified at the hearing, “Consumers can continue to have a high confidence in bottled water’s safety and quality. There is nothing in this brief report that points to any improper labeling by water bottlers. The EWG report criticizes the FDA for allowing the term ‘purified’ water, considering it ‘ambiguous,’ but the term is an official classification that meets the strict U.S. Pharmacopeia (23rd revision) standard.” Doss continued, “The report amounts to a special interest group’s wish list of what they want to impose on bottled water but not what the law reflects.”

IBWA supports a consumer’s right to clear, accurate, and comprehensive information about the bottled water products he or she purchase. All packaged foods and beverages, including bottled water, are subject to extensive FDA labeling requirements that provide consumers with a great deal of product quality information. In addition, virtually all bottled water products include a phone number on the label that consumers can use to contact the company.

In fact, IBWA has petitioned FDA to require all bottled water labels to include a phone number. IBWA believes that the most feasible way for consumers to obtain information not already on the label is through a request to the bottler. In addition, consumers can go to the IBWA website to obtain contact information or water quality information for all IBWA member brands.

Federal law requires FDA bottled water regulations to be as protective of the public health as EPA standards for public drinking water systems. And to that end, FDA has established bottled water standards of quality for more than 90 substances. Most FDA bottled water quality standards are the same as EPA’s maximum contaminant levels for public water systems. The few differences in regulated substances are because they are not found in bottled water or they are regulated under another provision of law (such as FDA’s food additives program).

If a container of bottled water has a contaminant that exceeds an FDA standard, that fact must be disclosed on the label. Failure of a bottled water container to meet the standards of quality and to be properly labeled can subject it to recall by the company, removal from the market by FDA, and criminal penalties, including fines. If a bottled water product’s source is a public water system and the finished bottled water product does not meet the FDA Standard of Identity for “purified” or “sterile” water, the product label must disclose the public water system source.
Consumers have many options when choosing which bottled water brand to drink. If a bottled water company does not provide the information that a consumer requests, he or she can choose another brand. That is not the case with tap water. Consumers cannot choose which public water system is piped into their homes. And that is the fundamental issue: consumer choice.

Contact: Tom Lauria, Vice President of Communications, IBWA – 703-647-4609.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Native American Water Association

Come see Norland International Sales Executives Chris McCormack and Nick Wieseler at the 14th annual Native American Water Association. Chris and Nick will exhibiting at the show July 15-16th 9-5 pm. We'll see you there!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Town welcomes bottled water plant

This town is ready to take flak from opponents of bottled water in the name of reviving its economy, says Smiths Falls's top administrator.

Wayne Brown, the town's chief administrative officer, made the comments in the wake of criticism from the Council of Canadians, which is questioning the choice of a bottled water firm to move into the vacant Hershey chocolate factory.

"Smiths Falls is a very resilient town and we will not only survive, we will thrive," said Brown.

The town, which has suffered a severe economic battering in recent years, has been the subject of "ghost town" predictions in the past with its economic misfortunes, said Brown.

And the recent news that Aquablue Spring Water International plans to set up a bottled water operation at the Hershey site shows how Smiths Falls will bounce back again, he said.

If some people object to the idea of bottled water being manufactured here, town officials are "prepared to take flak over it," added Brown.

Aquablue Spring Water International, a British Columbia-based subsidiary of Aquablue International Inc., a manufacturer of bottled water for domestic and export markets, officially announced on Monday it has agreed with Hershey Canada "to terms on the acquisition of the facility and equipment located in Smiths Falls," according to a statement on the firm's web-site.

This article is courtesy of:

http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1597889