Washington has taken a major step toward becoming the first US state to restrict companies looking to extract, bottle and sell local water supplies.
On Monday night the state senate passed a bill that would ban new permits for water bottling operations. SB 6278 states “any use of water for the commercial production of bottled water is deemed to be detrimental to the public welfare and the public interest” and would apply retroactively to new permits filed after 1 January 2019.
The move was hailed by water campaigners, who declared it a breakthrough moment in the fight against the privatization of such a valuable public asset.
What sodding value? Washington State gets 38.15 inches of rain a year. There’s so much water it quite literally falls from the damn skies. For free.