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No more bottled water at the Grand Canyon

No more bottled water at the Grand Canyon

PHOENIX, Arizona - Officials at the Grand Canyon will soon ban the sale of bottled water in response to concerns that empty plastic bottles scattered around the park were spoiling views of the natural wonder. The National Park Service has approved a plan that will eliminate the sale of bottled water within 30 days, after nearly $290,000 was spent to install 10 water stations inside the park. Visitors can use the stations to refill their own water bottles, which they can tote in from the outside. Park concessionaires, who can still sell other bottled beverages, chipped in with another three water stations. "Our parks should set the standard for resource protection and sustainability," John Wessels , the park service's intermountain region director, said in a statement this week. Wessels added he expects the new policy to have minimal impact on visitors who flock to the crim...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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