Senator Files Bottle Water Bill

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

January 5, 2012 -

Bottling companies extracting huge amounts of water from beneath Florida's soil would pay a 5-cent a gallon fee for the doing so under a measure filed Wednesday by Sen. Mike Bennett , R-Bradenton. The measure, SB 1432, would fine bottlers $500 a day for failure to comply. Fees and fines collected would be deposited in the state's Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust fund. The bill would only affect bottlers extracting more than 55 million gallons of water per year. Past efforts to tap bottled water as a source of revenue have met with stiff opposition from major bottlers like Nestle, and from the Florida Beverage Association. State officials in 2010 estimated that bottling companies draw about 3.5 million gallons a day from aquifers and springs. A proposed 6 percent tax included in a 2010 bill would have netted $43 million.

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  • by bon Location: tally on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    People, stop buying bottled water, before we all collapse into sinkholes created from all this pumping from our aquifers.
  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    If you can believe the city of Tallahassee's bureaucracy of paperwork on how crystal clean and pure their water is, drink it. Get a glass Mason jar and fill and refill it, instead of buying their plastic bottles and filling up the landfills with this useless nonsense and you won't won't have to tax the companies, as there will be no market for it. Look in all the grocery carts next time at the store, at who is buying it by the 24 bottle cases, and you will see our intelligent population at work. Dittos for the baby diapers that fill up the landfills and I doubt any of them pay taxes, but live off entitlements, grants and whatever else they can suck off the working sector. Look at all these wonders in the state legislature and federal congress and count the plastic water bottles.
  • by cities on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    Cities just want to get in on the action. Water companies are taking the water and selling it at a great price. But you know what I AM TAXED TO DEATH! I CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE TAXES. Lower the payment of city officials. Tell the CEOs to take pay cuts instead of them getting bonuses. Just like when "suits" got into medicine. Now it's all about the PROFIT. Not about how well did you treat the patient. Water and medicine are 2 things that should not be profit-driven.
  • by ConservativeHippie on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM
    The low fees won't mean squat to the big companies; of course, neither will the low fines. They'll just use this as a lame excuse to raise prices, raising their profit margin. There also needs to be a deposit on the bottles.
  • by Surly on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    High time...
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM
    Since We have to pay for the Water we Use at Home "Per Gallon", and so do Businesses, Do the Water Bottling Companies pay a "Per Gallon" Fee for each Gallon the pull from the Ground? They Should, or is that what this Tax is? If that is what this Tax is, then it is WAY to low.
  • by PreserveNaturalSpringsWater! Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    To all you blogers and rest of public: Boycott all purchases of bottled water running these leaches out of business. And to you Sen. Mike Bennett, start with yourself, using tap water w/pitcher and glass to drink from instead of bottled water everytime I see you clowns on public tv during session. If Bill passes, use bottled water taxes to inject money into small FL businesses to increase hiring who DON'T suck dry Florida's valuable non replinishing natural springs water. Great going Waccissa River Residents for fighting Nestles in preserving what little clean water we have left!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:25 PM in reply to PreserveNaturalSpringsWater!
      And where does all that Wacissa River water that is not consumed end up?
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        by anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:05 PM in reply to
        Where it nature. Fill your reusable bottle at home.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    It should start at the 1st Gallon as soon as possible and it should be 10 Cents.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    stop the bottling companies from taking our water. end of problem. no more free water at our expense.
  • by Glenn Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    Bottling companies extract Florida's natural resources, for free. Can mining and oil companies extract for free, unlimited??
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