In a letter to members of the US House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, IBWA’s stated its objections to proposed new taxes on bottled water.
The Subcommittee is holding a hearing today on HR 3202, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, that seeks improve infrastructure by imposing new taxes on water-based beverages, produced disposed into wastewater, pharmaceuticals and corporate profits.
“IBWA opposes singling out and imposing a tax on water-based beverages,” said IBWA president and CEO, Joe Doss. “Like all other commercial users, water bottlers pay a predetermined rate for the use of that municipal water. It’s unfair and inequitable to single out water-based beverages, including bottled water, from a myriad other food and non-food industries and manufacturers in the US that use municipal water. It fails to address the totality of the water infrastructure challenges. Broad-based funding is essential to provide a sustainable source of revenue to improve our ageing water infrastructure.”
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