Congress spends about $860,000 a year on bottled water, and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) thinks it’s time Members got off the bottle.
Norton is one of 16 Members whose offices have ditched bottles for tap water, and she’s urging her colleagues to also make the switch. Norton says she can’t believe most Members don’t use a filtration system like the one in her office.
“It’s so much more convenient than to fool around with these great big jugs of water,” Norton tells HOH. “It’s always available, it’s filtered, it tastes just fine.”
For Norton, saying no to bottled water means Congress will get what it is already paying for as a D.C. water customer.
“I would encourage my Republican colleagues to look right in front of them for a way to save $1 million,” she adds. “They’re paying for water redundantly.”
Norton appeared at a press conference Tuesday sponsored by Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside the Bottle campaign to promote the effort. Advocates also delivered 65,000 public comments to the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to encourage Congress to go bottle-free.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.