February 9th, 2011
A waste of water, energy and taxpayer dollars.
That’s how a corporate watchdog group described Congress’ bottled water habit in a report released this week showing that the House of Representatives spent nearly a million dollars on bottled water last year.
It its report, Tapping Congress to Get Off The Bottle, Corporate Accountability International, suggests that this money could be saved if lawmakers made onetime investments in water fountains and water filters instead of buying bottled water year after year.
And once members and staff were back drinking economical tap water, they might pay closer attention to the needs of public water systems across the nation which face “a record investment gap of $22-23 billion per year,” according to the CAI, a non-profit watchdog group based in Boston.