Did you know that in 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives spent $190,000 on bottled water in the first quarter alone?
That’s pretty ridiculous when you consider the fact that tap water costs about a penny a gallon in most cities. Reusable water bottles don’t exactly break the bank either.
Luckily, since politicians are notoriously slow at coming up with sensible solutions to their problems, the General Manager of DC Water has offered to help the representatives out. In a letter sent on January 5th to Speaker John Boehner, George Hawkins offered every representative a free reusable water bottle to help cut down on costs. He even offered free water quality testing to any representatives concerned about the purity of the drinking water in their offices or the D.C. area. How generous!
Hawkins accurately explains, “Convenience is important and a reusable water bottle is a simple tool to demonstrate support for tap water and the environment.”
We have yet to see an official response to this timely letter, but suffice to say if the representatives can’t cut $750k in unnecessary bottled water expenses from their budgets, things aren’t looking too good for the country in general!
Want to add your voice to the issue? Sign the online petition!
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