Em-Bottled SF Mayor Urges Restaurants to Tap City's Water

Newsom continues anti-plastic campaign
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:00 PM CDT
Bottled water is seen in this Oct. 4, 2007 file photo in Concord, N.H.    (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
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(Newser) – San Francisco’s mayor called on restaurants yesterday to quit selling bottled water and favor the tap, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Gavin Newsom, a former restaurateur, says the plastic containers pile up in landfills and hurt the environment. The request—which isn’t a requirement—follows Newsom’s ban last year on using tax dollars to buy bottled water for city employees.

“You would prefer that government did not tell you how to run your business, but I do think this is a positive initiative,” said a local restaurant owner. A report earlier this year found that San Francisco’s tap water is almost unique in being free from certain chemical contaminants, and it holds up well against bottled water in taste tests.