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    PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - Officials at the Grand Canyon will soon ban the sale of bottled water in response to concerns that empty plastic bottles scattered around the park were spoiling views of the natural wonder.

    The National Park Service has approved a plan that will eliminate the sale of bottled water within 30 days, after nearly $290,000 was spent to install 10 water stations inside the park. Visitors can use the stations to refill their own water bottles, which they can tote in from the outside.

    Park concessionaires, who can still sell other bottled beverages, chipped in with another three water stations.

    "Our parks should set the standard for resource protection and sustainability," John Wessels, the park service's intermountain region director, said in a statement this week.

    Wessels added he expects the new policy to have minimal impact on visitors who flock to the crimson-hued canyon in northern Arizona.

    Some 4.5 million tourists visit the Grand Canyon each year, and officials worry about litter found on the rim and inner canyon spoiling the park and marring its views. They estimate the disposable bottles account for 20 percent of the park's waste and 30 percent of its recyclables.

    Similar bans are in effect at Zion and Hawaii Volcanoes national parks.

    The National Park Service delayed applying the ban in late 2010 after what the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged was pressure by Coca-Cola Co. The company and park officials have denied the claim.

    Jeff Ruch, the group's executive director, said he was pleased with the decision to apply the ban, saying it "clearly shows intense public scrutiny forced this U-turn."

    Susan Stribling, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola, said the company does not favor such bans but will continue to work to "find a solution that is in the best interest of the parks and the public."

    Stribling said the company prefers solutions such as creating more recycling programs as was done at the National Mall in Washington.

    (Editing by Daniel Trotta and Xavier Briand)


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    I think that its awesome! Then again, I have very extreme views re: national parks and especially wilderness areas. Think Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire.

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    I think it's a good thing, too. Now what to do about all the "other" bottled beverages, which have not been banned from being sold by the park concessionaires.
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    I think it's great! I hate plastic water bottles.

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    What would be the argument against the strategy? I can't even think of one aside from the fact that it hurts the bottled water business...which doesn't concern me too much.
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    ITA with everybody. It's a great idea! I love the Brita ad with the chick wading through the empty water bottles to get to the fridge after her run. Coca-Cola and the like.....wah wah wah. They can go pound salt.

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    I personally think bottled water should be banned everywhere, with the exception of larger containers for emergency supplies or picnics. There is no reason except sheer laziness to buy & use bottled water. Needless to say, I totally support this one.
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    I'm totally fine with it. I think it's sad that they had to even make a ban like this and people were literally leaving their garbage all over that natural wonder. I'm glad that you posted this though, as I'm a concierge here in Las Vegas and book many trips to the Grand Canyon for my guests! I'll be telling them to make sure they take their own water if they're going to want to drink it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I personally think bottled water should be banned everywhere, with the exception of larger containers for emergency supplies or picnics. There is no reason except sheer laziness to buy & use bottled water. Needless to say, I totally support this one.
    You haven't tasted the water here in Las Vegas then! It's the worst of anywhere that I've ever visited or lived (I've lived in FL, TN, VA, CA, NC, SC). There's no way that I could sit and drink a glass of it. Our water is cloudy and disgusting. I noticed a leak in my bathroom sink yesterday (I have to admit, we have his and hers sinks, but we both use the one closet to the bathroom door for some reason and not the other one, so the water never is turned on in the other sink) and it had been there was an accumulation of some sort of clear goop at the mouth of the faucet that was from our tap water dripping continuously, it was disgusting. I buy bottled water every week for myself and my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starryblue702 View Post
    You haven't tasted the water here in Las Vegas then! It's the worst of anywhere that I've ever visited or lived (I've lived in FL, TN, VA, CA, NC, SC). There's no way that I could sit and drink a glass of it. Our water is cloudy and disgusting. I noticed a leak in my bathroom sink yesterday (I have to admit, we have his and hers sinks, but we both use the one closet to the bathroom door for some reason and not the other one, so the water never is turned on in the other sink) and it had been there was an accumulation of some sort of clear goop at the mouth of the faucet that was from our tap water dripping continuously, it was disgusting. I buy bottled water every week for myself and my family.
    Like, in a water cooler, right? Or do you buy individual bottles? In places where the water is gross I totally get the need for a water cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    Like, in a water cooler, right? Or do you buy individual bottles? In places where the water is gross I totally get the need for a water cooler.
    No, I buy Walmart's brand of bottles. I did the coolers for a while but with the size of my family it's cheaper for me to buy bottles than it is to have the coolers. If and when my pay gets back to what it was I would love to go back to the delivery system that I had, I just can't afford to at this time.
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