International Bottled Water Association | MEDIA RELEASE | May 21, 2014
IBWA Applauds House Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill, Encourages Senate to Send to President
Alexandria, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which supports a strong public water infrastructure and creates the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA) which will provide low-interest federal loans to communities that reduce the cost of financing large water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has always supported the maintenance and improvement of a stable U.S. water infrastructure, which is critical for providing citizens with clean and safe drinking water,” says Joe Doss, IBWA president and CEO. “The creation of WIFIA will allow communities across America to improve their public water infrastructure, which is essential to our country’s health, business, and quality of life.”
IBWA now urges the U.S. Senate to pass this legislation and support America’s public water infrastructure.
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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to set comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products.
In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.
IBWA is proud to be a partner with Keep America Beautiful and a supporter of Drink Up, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which encourages Americans to drink more water more often – whether from the tap, a filter, or in a bottle. Choosing water is always the healthy choice.