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A clash over bottled water?



Pam Iorio may not like it, but some Tampa City Council members appear to be ready to embrace the notion of ending the city's practice of buying bottled water.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors this week resolved to phase out government spending on bottled water and replacing it with tap water. Environmentalists cheered, because but Iorio said she supports bottled water because it encourages people to drink water. The city spends $31,000 a year on bottled water.

Council member Mary Mulhern, though, said today she was disappointed with Iorio's stance. Council member Joseph Caetano suggested putting distillers on taps in City Hall. But Charlie Miranda said that's not necessary: "City water is the best water without a distiller."

The city of Miami in March ordered an end to bottled water purchases, the Miami Herald reports.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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