This month the Los Angeles City Council moved one step closer to banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at city-sponsored events and on city property, including the Los Angeles International Airport.
San Francisco was the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property and San Francisco International Airport recently became the first airport to ban single-use plastic water bottles. Thirsty travelers can still purchase water, but in aluminum or glass instead of plastic, or they can bring their own bottle and fill up at a water fountain.
"Shame on us as a society that we're allowing people to become multimillionaires and billion-dollar companies to make money off of this natural resource that belongs to all of us, when they're providing it to us in the most environmentally damaging means possible by these single-use plastic water bottles,” said City Councilman Paul Krekorian, during a discussion at City Hall.
Krekorian also mentioned the costs associated with plastic water bottles. “Your tap water is 3,000 times cheaper than the water you're drinking out of that plastic bottle,” he said.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will install and refurbish 200 public drinking stations by 2022. The project, which will expand tap water stations throughout the city's parks and recreation areas, is intended to facilitate public water accessibility. This is all part of the city's Green New Deal and preparations for the 2028 Olympic Games.
The city council recently adopted a resolution to make Los Angeles a "Blue City" and identify water as a "fundamental human right" regardless of socioeconomic status.
We’re here for this and hope other cities will follow San Francisco and Los Angeles’ lead in banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.