A bill to ban water withdrawals for commercial bottled water production passed out of committee in the Washington State Senate.
SB 6278, sponsored by State Senator Reuven Carlyle, was approved by the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee.
The bill would ban new water rights permits for withdrawals for bottled water extraction, and states “any use of water for the commercial production of bottled water is deemed to be detrimental to the public welfare and the public interest.”
In response, Food & Water Action’s Public Water For All Campaign Director Mary Grant issued the following statement:
“This legislation is breaking new ground and should be seen as a model for the country. Bottled water companies should not be allowed to extract an essential public resource and sell it for private profit. This bill is an important policy that would help keep Washington's water in the state and keep it clean, abundant and accessible for everyone. We urge all members of the legislature and Governor Inslee to support this bill to protect Washington’s water for generations to come.”