To: Anheuser-Busch InBev North American Headquarters, Luiz Fernando Edmond, president, and Mike Roche, vice president for corporate affairs and communications

Tell Anheuser-Busch to support clean water

Clean, abundant water is vital to beer making, and many breweries are supporting the proposed federal rule designed to restore protections to our streams and drinking water. As the nation’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch has a big stake in ensuring our waters are protected.

However, it’s clear Anheuser-Busch has not publicly supported the clean water rule, and there is even evidence to suggest the company is working to block it. Anheuser-Busch makes a product beloved by millions that depends on clean water. Please make a clear and public statement in support of the Waters of the U.S. Rule.

Why is this important?

Beer, which is easily the nation’s most popular adult beverage, is made up of more than 90% water, and water is the only ingredient that can truly be called local in most beers. Every brewery depends on the local water supply — be it river, reservoir or groundwater — to craft their brews.

Loopholes have been carved into the Clean Water Act that leave more than half our nation’s streams and the drinking water of 117 million Americans at risk to pollution. Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule to restore these protections to our streams and drinking water, which has broad public support.

Year after year, polls show that more Americans are concerned with water quality than any other environmental issue, and 87% of the million public comments on the clean water rule were in support of restoring these protections. Yet big polluters and their friends in Congress are doing all they can to block the clean water rule.

Understanding that great beer takes great water, many of the nation’s breweries have come out in support of the clean water rule(1). Noticeably absent from those supporting the rulemaking is the nation’s largest beer company, Anheuser-Busch.

On its website, the company claims, “Water is a key ingredient in the brewing of all our beers and vital to life on the planet.” That’s exactly why everyone – including Anheuser-Busch – needs the clean water rule.

You can’t make good beer with bad water, and Anheuser-Busch — which operates a dozen breweries in the United States — relies heavily on clean water to make its popular products. Please tell Anheuser-Busch to make a clear and public statement in support of the clean water rule.

1. Regulations.gov, joint comments of 32 members of the Brewers for Clean Water campaign, http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880-14526

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