National Park Service Bans Water Bottle Sales at Grand Canyon

Headed to the Grand Canyon any time soon? Better bring your own water bottle if you want to stay hydrated.

The Associated Press reports that the National Park Service has officially banned the sale of disposable, plastic water bottles at the Grand Canyon. The ban will be instituted within the next 30 days. You will still be able to bring your own reusable or disposable bottle into the park and water stations will be set up for visitors to refill.

Jon Jarvis, director of the Park Service, did away with the bottle ban at the Grand Canyon in late 2010, but a former park superintendent raised questions over whether Coca-Cola Co. had some influence in this decision. Both the agency and Coca-Cola deny this claim.

In instituting the ban on water bottle sales, the park hopes to cut down on bottles thrown away. AP reports that plastic bottles account for 20 percent of the park’s waste and 30 percent of recyclables.

The Park Service will be selling souvenir reusable bottles for as little as $1.99 should visitors forget to bring a container.

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