Water bottle ban at events moving forward 

Efforts to ban disposable water bottle sales at events hosted on city property could move forward this week.

The San Francisco Environment Commission’s policy committee is scheduled on Monday to discuss the proposed ban, which would affect events such as Outside Lands and the Pride Parade.

Under the proposal, sales of single-use water bottles would be outlawed and the installation of water stations would be mandated to allow event attendees to fill up reusable containers.

The City is trying to minimize the use of disposable water bottles because of the heavy toll they take on the environment when they are manufactured, filled and tossed away.

Water activist Miriam Gordon was invited to attend Monday’s hearing to discuss her efforts to eliminate the use of disposable water bottles at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center’s Maccabi Games.

Water stations were used during last year’s games, which involved 1,200 young athletes and their supporters, according to Gordon.

“There were no disposable beverage containers of any sort,” Gordon said.

An official representing US Pure Water, which is helping The city eliminate the use of disposable water bottles in government offices, is also scheduled to attend the hearing.

Monday’s hearing was rescheduled from one month ago, when the proposal was set to be discussed but insufficient committee members attended the monthly meeting.

Quorum was not achieved and votes could not be cast during the meeting, but Environment Department staff discussed the proposal in a casual fashion for the benefit of several broadcast news crews and a Bay Area newspaper that had not yet covered the proposal.

Monday’s meeting could see the proposal referred to the department’s full commission for further consideration, according to department spokesman Mark Westlund.

Many of San Francisco’s environmental initiatives, including a plan to require cell phone retailers to warn customers of individual handsets’ cancer risks, received their first hearings in front of the Environment Commission’s policy committee.

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