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A vote to dry up bottled water

June 24, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The nation's mayors have voted against spending taxpayer money to buy bottled water.

A majority of about 250 mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami voted to phase out regular use of bottled water for its employees and functions.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wrote the resolution. Newsom was joined by 17 sponsors, including New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

A beverage industry group called the move "sound-bite environmentalism," while activists cheered it.

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