NEWS & MEDIA

Oct 21, 2010

In Defense of Bottled Water (The Harvard Crimson)

To the editors:

Bottled water and its role on campuses has become a topic of great interest—and sometimes, heated debate. The Crimson’s Oct. 13, 2010, editorial “Bottle It Up,” which advocated for a ban of this healthful beverage choice, showed that Harvard University is no exception. I hope to provide some much needed clarification on the issue from a viewpoint you may not have heard yet.

In an age when American adults consume 450 calories a day from beverages and 68 percent of those 20 years old and older are classified as overweight or obese, bottled water provides a healthy choice when tap water is not accessible, preferred, or convenient. But if bottled water is not available, consumer research shows that more than one-half of people would choose soda instead. This means a ban on bottled water would have the unintended consequence of driving people to consume more unhealthy beverages that add calories and sugar to their diets.

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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Chris Hogan, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or chogan@bottledwater.org.

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