New Year, New Nannies: Concord, MA Bans Water Bottles

Concord, MA, has set a new record for pointless government overreach after a ban on sales of plastic water bottles went into effect with the onset of the new year.

After three years of attempts to prevent Concord residents from choosing to hydrate themselves with fresh, filtered, unflavored, uncarbonated water - unless it’s sold in container larger than one liter – the bylaw was passed on April 26 last year and came into effect January 1, 2013. 

Residents arguing for the ban proudly professed that their motive is primarily symbolic, and cited environmental and potential public health concerns as validation for their desire to force others into orthodox environmentalism.

Perhaps we should be thankful Concord has decided plastic bottles are only a danger to public health when carrying less than a liter of non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water. Imagine the threat to public health posed by people who could choose to purchase a fat-free, sodium-free, carbohydrate-free, calorie-free beverage in a convenient size!

At least one store owner in neighboring Acton has found the bright side, reporting a 20 to 30 percent increase in bottled water sales on New Year’s Day, though other businesses and residents say it’s too early to gauge whether the ban will impact their sales permanently.

TAGS: Nanny State

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