State governments are spending millions of taxpayer dollars each year to buy bottled water. Be it water coolers by the copier or plastic bottles at state events, our elected leaders are choosing the bottle over the tap.
Wouldn't you agree that this sends the wrong message? After all, about half the time bottled water comes from the very same source as the tap. What’s more, the tap is more highly regulated for quality and safety.
We've made great progress working with New York, Colorado and Illinois: all have cut the flow of taxpayer dollars to bottled water. And more than 1,200 cities from Boston to St. Louis to San Francisco have resolved to end spending on bottled water. Now it's time for our governors to do the same.
Every governor is looking for ways to cut state spending. Now is the time to remind them of the simple solutions that are good for our pocketbooks, environment and public water systems.
The industry promotes bottled water in ways that undermine public water, and does everything it can to keep government contracts. But, while spending scarce dollars on bottled water is a sinkhole, every dollar invested in the tap generates six for the national economy at large.
It is time to restore the nation's confidence in the tap. Please send an email to your governor urging him/her to Think Outside the Bottle.