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Friday, December 09, 2011

State Rep. Franklin Sands explains his backing of a tax on bottled water

Published 12/08/11 State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to collect a fee from bottled water companies that derive profits from the free pumping of millions of gallons of water daily from Florida’s springs and other water bodies. Last week Sands’ filed House Bill 781 which would charge large users of Florida's water supplies 5 cents a gallon. User Comment For this reason the sucking of water out of the aquifer would possibly be in fact taking water that does not belong to the corporation as it is not part of the land owned but in fact owned by the public and in addition it could be causing sinkholes in areas, not just above that land owned by the corporation but land belonging to others? This seems to be a problem that has been around for many years but for some reason just now become a public problem. In the course of expanding civilization there are many things that are done for years and gotten away with until they step on another's toes. For this reason we are supposed to have government to represent the interests of the people. In this case the government would (if honest) step in and put a stop to the "taking" of public water and set up a water plant to pump only enough water so not to cause sink holes and only to provide to the people who actually own the water. (Floridians) Once the demand is met to supply Floridians with their own water, the government would sell it to other areas and the money would discount the water to the Floridians.... Source