IBWA’s Nomination to NH Groundwater Study Commission

IBWA’s Nomination to NH Groundwater Study Commission

August 12, 2003


The Honorable Craig Benson

Office of the Governor

25 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301


Dear Governor Benson:

The International Bottled Water Association1 (IBWA) respectfully nominates Mr. Jack Donohue of ENSR International as the IBWA representative on the Groundwater Study Commission as provided under Section 305.2 (f) of SB 155 (Chapter # 0305), which you signed into law on July 18, 2003.

Mr. Donohue is a hydrogeologist and his company is based in Gillford, New Hampshire. Enclosed for your information and review is a copy of his curriculum vitae. He has experience with New Hampshire groundwater laws and regulations, New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, the hydrogeology of the state, and the bottled water industry. It is for these reasons that IBWA believes he will be an asset to the Groundwater Study Commission in charting the course of groundwater resource management for the state.

IBWA has been an active participant in the public and legislative debate over New Hampshire’s groundwater law. For your information, enclosed is a copy of the IBWA Groundwater Resource Management Policy paper. The bottled water industry is committed to a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional approach that is scientifically based and treats all parties equitably.

Thank you for your consideration of Mr. Jack Donohue for membership on the Groundwater Study Commission as the IBWA representative. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact IBWA.



Joseph Doss


Enclosures (2)

Cc: Senator Carl Johnson

Representative H. Charles Royce


1 IBWA is the trade association representing all segments of the bottled water industry. Founded in 1958, IBWA member companies include U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers, of which 6 are located in New Hampshire. IBWA works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and with state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. IBWA also has a Model Code that sets strict standards for bottled water, which incorporate the national law on bottled water and the industry’s best practices. As a condition of membership, IBWA bottlers must submit to an annual, unannounced inspection for compliance with the Model Code by an independent third party.