SF's plastic water bottle ban vote scheduled at board 

As the Board of Supervisors is poised today to approve legislation that would ban plastic water bottles on public property in San Francisco, the author of the proposal, board President David Chiu, has decided to have a little fun with it.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside the Bottle campaign, which supports the legislation, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will host a Tap Water Challenge at City Hall. The challenge will include a blind taste test of San Francisco’s tap water versus bottled-water brands.

The SFPUC will provide the first 50 participants of the test with Hetch Hetchy Reservoir stainless steel water bottles. Chiu will be joined by water and environmental experts from Corporate Accountability International, the Sierra Club and other area organizations.

The legislation would phase in a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles, 21 fluid ounces or less, from public property, including by mobile food operators and park vendors or at street fairs. The American Beverage Association is opposed to the proposal.

The ordinance is San Francisco’s response to a growing national movement to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, criticized by some environmentalists for their waste and fossil-fuel consumption.

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