On September 5, the Massachusetts Attorney General approved amendments that the town of Concord made to its bylaws, making it the first town in the United States to ban the sale of plain, single-use bottled water. We applaud this historic decision.
The sale of bottled water amounts to the privatization of a natural resource, which should be guaranteed as a human right and not sold at exorbitant prices. Not only does bottled water cost more, the discarded bottles add up and create waste, which often makes its way to landfills. Bottled water is not safer than tap water — it undergoes less testing, and the plastic bottles can leach chemical contaminants into the water.
Concord’s decision to ban the sale of water in single serving PET plastic bottles should be seen as an historic victory for water and environmental advocates, and shows the effectiveness of citizens to demand sound legislation that promotes water as a human right.