SFO's Water Bottle Ban Takes Effect

Jeffrey Schaub
August 20, 2019 - 10:16 am
A United Airlines passenger takes a sip of water before throwing away the bottle at a security checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport August 10, 2006 in San Francisco.

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Plastic bottles of water are no longer available for sale at San Francisco International Airport as the unprecedented move to reduce waste from travelers went into effect on Tuesday. 

Airport officials said that reducing the amount of disposable containers will help meet sustainability goals. San Francisco had already banned the sale of plastic water bottles in city-owned property. 

Each day before the ban, 10,000 bottles of water were purchased at SFO. 

Water in aluminum cans or glass bottles may be sold at restaurants and kiosks. 

For passengers traveling with reusable bottles, a number of new fountains have been installed. 

Flavored water and other drinks remain available for customers around SFO.