National Park Service drowns plan to ban plastic water bottles

Grand Canyon National Park water filling station.

Grand Canyon National Park water filling station.

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Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 08.16.17

The National Park Service is eliminating its ban on the sale of plastic water bottles.

The repeal of the 2011 policy, commonly referred to as the “Water Bottle Ban” is effective immediately. The rules were put into place in response to increased litter in parks.

In a press release the park service said “the ban removed the healthiest beverage choice at a variety of parks while still allowing sales of bottled sweetened drinks.”

“While we will continue to encourage the use of free water bottle filling stations as appropriate, ultimately it should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds.

Only 23 of the 417 National Park Service sites have implemented the policy, but those included some of the more popular sites such as Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.