US halts national parks ban
This was one of the more astonishingly bad ideas conceived by public authorities in recent years. In 2011, the US National Park Service approved a ban on selling bottled water in single serve containers. The policy was implemented by 23 national parks.
It took 6 years to realise they had had a Simpsons D’oh! moment.
The ban didn’t help the environment because other drinks’ bottles were heavier and contained ingredients with a higher carbon footprint.
It didn’t make anyone healthier because most alternatives contained calories and were sweetened.
According to the International Bottled Water Association, research has shown that, “when bottled water isn’t available, 63% of people will choose soda or another sugary drink – not tap water.”
Fortunately, Americans have more common sense, as 92% believe bottled water should be available wherever other beverages are sold.