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Group to speak out against bottled water in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS — Environmentalists are heading to Annapolis to speak out against public spending on bottled water as part of World Water Day events.

Tuesday is World Water Day, established by the United Nations to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and its sustainable management.

Activists with Corporate Accountability International plan to hold an event at noon on Lawyer’s Mall. Spokeswoman Nelly Baldwin says the group will call on Gov. Martin O’Malley to cut state spending on bottled water. She says that would cut waste and focus spending on public water systems.

Baldwin says other speakers include the co-owner of an Annapolis restaurant that has stopped serving bottled water and the co-founder of the Annapolis Green Drinks chapter, which has stopped using bottled water at its environmental networking events.