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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014, Posted On: 5/23/2014

NAMA Alerts Legislators To Concerns Over Proposed Washington, DC, Bottled Water Ban

Emily Jed
TAGS: bottled water vending, vending machine, National Automatic Merchandising Association Washington DC Prohibition of Bottled Water Act, Eric Dell, bottled water restrictions

CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association has sent a letter to lawmakers raising industry concerns over Washington, DC's proposed Prohibition of Bottled Water Act of 2014.

"As the DC city council begins its deliberations and discussions surrounding this impactful legislation, it is important for us to communicate our concerns so that the council fully understands the content of the legislation and its far-reaching impact on everyone from college students to many small business owners," said Eric Dell, NAMA's senior vice-president of government affairs.

The proposed legislation would restrict the sale or distribution on District of Columbia government property of drinking water in plastic bottles of 21 fluid ounces or less. It would also bar the use of District government funds to purchase bottled water.

"NAMA opposes the legislation because we believe it would be costly to charitable causes who raise funds through the sale of bottled water at festival and community events," Dell said. "It would also leave DC employees, families and individuals with little or no choice of beverage options, as well as impact jobs within the vending industry."

Dell said NAMA's goal is to work with legislators for a "common-sense" solution that addresses litter and recycling concerns rather than an outright ban on the sale of bottled water.

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