The Local Water Alliance has filed a ballot measure petition that would amend Hood River County’s Charter to prohibit commercial bottled water production in Hood River County.
The reason is simple: There is not currently enough water in our County to meet the needs of residential and agricultural users and our salmon fishery. Here is the complete text of the measure:
To be adopted as ARTICLE XIII of the Hood River County Charter
Hood River County Water Protection Measure
Whereas, water is essential for human life;
Whereas, water is critical to residential and agricultural uses within Hood River County and essential to the health, welfare, safety, economy and salmon fishery of the County;
Whereas, water supplies within the County are insufficient to support existing uses during low water years and drought conditions, which are projected to become more common in coming decades;
Whereas, significant efforts are already being made within Hood River County by private individuals and governmental entities alike to reduce water usage in light of limited water supplies;
Whereas the demand for bottled water threatens the long-term ability of Hood River County to ensure a reliable source of water for residential and agricultural uses, as well as to support the salmon fishery;
Whereas, restrictions on bottled water are necessary to protect County water supplies for present and future generations; and
Whereas, the protection of Hood River County’s water supply is an important matter of County concern.
“Bottled water” means all water that is labeled or marketed for sale as “water” in containers including, but not limited to, plastic and glass bottles, jugs, or similar containers. The term includes the category of bottled waters known as “enhanced water.” The term does not include any other product made from or with water but which is not labeled or marketed as “water.”
“Commercial bottled water operation” means any operation that produces more than 1,000 gallons a day of bottled water for commercial sale.
“County” means Hood River County.
“Person” for the purposes of this amendment includes any real person, governmental body, corporation, partnership, company or any other similar entity in any form.