Encinitas considers phasing out plastic water bottles at city-sponsored events

(AP) -- A Southern California city is considering phasing out the use of plastic water bottles at city-sponsored events.
   U-T San Diego says (http://bit.ly/1ddrs2C) the Encinitas City Council will debate a proposed ban this week.
   The proposal would apply only to city-sponsored meetings and special events, and would not be a general citywide ban on plastic bottles.
   Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer, who offered the proposal, says she got the idea after seeing empty single-use bottles pile up at a recent city-sponsored community planning workshop.
   Shaffer also says she doesn't think the city should be as a policy providing bottled water when it runs a municipal water district. The coastal city operates the San Dieguito District, which provides drinking water to the western portion of Encinitas.
   The city is about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego.
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