Tell the House of Representatives to Ditch Bottled Water and Save Taxpayer Dollars
  • Petitioned Rep. John Boehner

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Rep. John Boehner

Tell the House of Representatives to Ditch Bottled Water and Save Taxpayer Dollars

    1. Petition by

      Corporate Accountability International

The new Speaker of the House John Boehner recently made waves with his intention to cut $35 million of bloated spending from the U.S. House of Representatives' budget.

News reports noted a prime example of that waste: In the first quarter of 2010 alone, the House spent $190,000 taxpayer dollars on bottled water.

That's a lot of money—equivalent to paying perhaps 4 teachers' salaries—so that our elected officials can sip water that's bad for the planet to boot.

Luckily, Speaker Boehner has plenty of support if he wants to cut back on bottled water spending. On January 5th, George S. Hawkins, general manager of the area water utility DC Water, wrote Boehner a letter offering to supply each member of Congress with his or her own reusable water bottle (for free!).

Hawkins even offered Congress free water quality testing to assuage concerns from lawmakers who aren't keen on the idea, and some DC residents have opted for water filters in cases where they feel their water needs it—our elected representatives could do the same.

Bottled water is not safer or healthier than tap water, and often comes from the tap anyway. It can be up to 1,900 times more expensive, and the energy needed to produce the plastic is enough to fuel nearly 3 million cars for a year. Nearly one million tons of plastic water bottles are discarded as litter each year, ending up in landfills, lakes and streams.

Already, many state and city governments are phasing out their bottled water purchases in this era of environmental and fiscal responsibility. The Congress of the United States should do the same.

Tell Speaker Boehner and your own Congressional representatives to make good on the promise to cut wasteful spending, and eliminate bottled water purchases from the House budget. Sign the petition to the new speaker below.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. ADDITIONAL ACTION: Ask your governor to kick the bottle as well:

    2. University of Oregon may join the movement to stop using bottled water:

    3. New Alternet article: Corporate Accountability International points out, "House Proposes Budget Cuts for Clean Water as Lawmakers Spend $1 Million on Bottled Water"

    4. Check out Environmental Working Group's Bottled Water score card to find out what's really in your Poland Springs:

    5. The city of New Haven could soon ban bottled water purchases.

    6. Green For All, a great environmental justice group, is totally on board with this campaign:

    7. Check out the photos I uploaded from the delivery of the petition last week:

    8. Nestle is scared of this campaign. Check out the letter they sent to Congress:

    9. House Urged to Cut Back After Bottled-Water Tab Nears $1 Million

    10. Reached 50 signatures
    11. Almost at the 50,000 benchmark. This is awesome.

    12. A St. Louis TV outlet covered this campaign:

    13. Regional media outlets are reporting how much their members of Congress spend on bottled water. Do you know how much yours spends?

    14. Check out the Fox News story on the bottled water issue:

    15. Roll Call, and The Washington City Paper have also picked up the story today.

    16. The Hill just covered this campaign:

    17. DC Water's George Hawkins says thanks for signing this petition:

    18. Progress! House Members Call for Bottled Water Spending Cuts

      On this site alone, almost 50,000 people have emailed Congress in seeking an end to wasteful taxpayer spending on bottled water purchases.
      Today, we made doubly sure that Speaker Boehner got the message, and are pleased to report that a few members...

    19. Progress! 16 members are going bottled water free, and your petition signatures were given to Speaker Boehner this morning. Read more here:

    20. Headed to the Hill today to deliver all of your petition signatures. Look out soon for an update on the event.

    21. Just printed out all of your petitions signatures. They will be delivered to Speaker Boehner's office tomorrow!

    22. Mother Nature Network covered this petition:

    23. Speaker Boehner said this week he open to input on all budget-cutting measures. Keep signing!

    24. Reached 40 signatures
    25. Let's have 40,000 signatures to deliver to Speaker Boehner's office next Tuesday! They will be walked over there after a press conference by Corporate Accountability International.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Maeda Ruriko ICHIHARASHI, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human rights.Please respect enviroment.Please commit human's crim anoymore.

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    • Maeda Hiroko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human right.This earth belong to not only human but also animals and plants,other living things.Humans should not commit crime anymore.

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    • Maeda Kimiko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Humans are selfish and irresponsible.We should keep company with enviroment,animals and humas right.We should respect other nature.Please don't commit human's crime anymore.I am against animal and nature's abusing.

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    • Kathryn Donnelly LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      It's not difficult to live bottled water free--I've been a water snob since birth but I've managed to avoid bottled for years now. You can do it!

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    • Jennifer Winter SAINT PETE BEACH, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I am signing this because Its just crazy that our leaders, who should be setting the example, are being the worst to the environment. Set it up senate and congress!

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