The days of thirsty travelers turning to water fountains at American airports may return in the weeks ahead, with San Francisco International Airport banning the sale of plastic water bottles to protect the environment.
Strangely, the ban does not apply to soft drinks and many other beverages.
“If you’re flying in to or out of San Francisco International Airport, don’t forget to bring along your reusable water bottle!” reports KRON 4. “Starting Aug. 20, all plastic water bottle sales will be banned at SFO, airport officials announced Friday.”
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— KRON4 News (@kron4news) August 19, 2019
“SFO will also transition away from single-use plastic food service ware and accessories, as well as limit when food service ware accessories are provided,” adds the website. “Airport officials said it’s being done to reduce the airport’s impact on the environment as well as to advance the airport’s zero waste goal.”
“The policy applies to purified water, mineral water, carbonated or sparkling water, and electrolyte-enhanced water, but does not include flavored beverages such as sodas, teas, or juices,” writes SFO Connect.
The airport’s decision comes as the region struggles to get a grip on the escalating homeless crisis.
San Francisco residents continued to flee the region in droves in recent months; citing rampant homelessness, widespread drug use, and out-of-control housing costs in one of America’s most expensive cities.
“It has more billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world, but it also has a homeless problem so severe that it rivals some third-world nations. On any given day you can see souped-up Lamborghinis and blinged-out trophy wives in one part of the city, then walk over a few blocks and see piles of human feces, puddles of urine and vomit caked on the sidewalks. The misery of homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction hits deep in San Francisco and has turned parts of a beautiful city into a public toilet,” reports Fox News.
“As the problem grows, residents are finding themselves at a crossroads. The compassion for those struggling is constantly being challenged by a fear for their own safety and quality of life. It never had to get this bad, say critics, who are appalled that it’s getting worse every day,” adds Fox.