SAN FRANCISCO (June 28, 2:30 p.m. ET) — It is not a direct attack on disposable plastic water bottles. But San Francisco now has in its legislative hopper a bill that would require building owners and developers to install tap water filling stations in new buildings that are required by law to have drinking fountains.
The proposal was introduced June 26 by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. The measure would also require existing building with drinking fountains to add tap water filling stations when those buildings undergo major renovations of their plumbing systems.
San Francisco currently has water bottle-filling stations at the airport and at some schools and parks
The city—which was the first in the United States to ban single-use plastic bags—has had a law banning city departments from purchasing bottled water since 2007.