A bill that would impose a 12.5-cent-per-gallon tax on water bottled from Florida’s springs has been tabled as the measure likely would have been voted down by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.
SB 1112 was sponsored Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-Miami), who stated that the goal was to create revenue from the bottling process, just like it is done with oil
Nestle Water North America announced plans to increase the amount of water it takes daily from Ginnie Springs, which feeds into the Santa Fe River. Currently, companies are charged a one-time $115 application fee, according to information in the bill's filing.
“Our commitment to maintaining the health and long-term sustainability of Florida’s waterways is a top priority. Spring water is a rapidly renewable resource when managed correctly, and NWNA is committed to sustainable spring water management at all of the springs we manage — in Florida and across the country,” Nestlé Waters said in a statement.