Lawmaker wants state Capitol to stop using bottled water
U.S. Water News Online
HARTFORD, Conn. — State Rep. Beth Bye says she wants Connecticut to stop buying bottled water for the state Capitol and legislative office building.
Instead, she says lawmakers and the people who work for them should drink tap water.
She says it would save more than $11,000 a year and help the environment. She says Connecticut is ranked in the top five in the nation for quality of its drinking water and should stop importing water from Maine.
She says replacing bottled water coolers with coolers that use tap water won't be too expensive.
Bye says she hopes that if lawmakers set an example, state agencies will stop spending more than $500,000 a year on bottled water coolers and bottles.
The International Bottled Water Association, however, pointed out that bottled water is a healthy product and the industry maintains a solid record of environmental stewardship.
"Actions that pit bottled water against tap water confuses consumers and discourages people from choosing the healthy benefits of drinking water, whether from a bottle or from the tap," the Virginia-based association said.
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