HARTFORD—At a time when we are all pinching our pennies trying to save some money, it turns out, the State is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars of your hard earned money on bottled water!
"Here is our concern. Spending tax dollars on bottled water is wasteful," said Leila Alciere with the Boston based non-profit group called Corporate Accountability International. "During tough economic times like these, States need to think carefully about how they spend our money!"
Connecticut spends $220,000 a year on bottled water. Her group wants Connecticut and other New England states to "think outside the bottle" and use tap water instead. She along with others in the group hand delivered a petition with 800 signatures to the Governors office asking her to issue an executive order and cancel state spending on bottled water. One Democratic lawmaker agreed with the group saying money that could be spent elsewhere should be spent elsewhere.
"We're getting letters from people saying 'why are we cutting Medicaid and prescription coverage' and we're spending money on bottled water?" said Rep. Richard Roy, a Democrat from Milford. "If people are not being taken care of then we shouldn't be spending more on us instead of them!"
But a spokesman for Governor Jodi Rell called this a moot point. Adam Liegeot said the Governor has cut the State's budget for bottled water in half by eliminating two of the three contracts for it while Democratic leaders have done nothing to control spending on bottled water in their own building!
"We do have a contract remaining for State agencies out on the road, say for example, DOT workers who will need water out on a bridge site but other than that, Governor Rell has really taken the lead on this issue," Liegeot said.
However, one environmentalists at today's press conference said State employees should have to bring in their own water from home like everyone else.
A spokesman for Nestle Waters North America in Greenwich said both tap water and bottled water serve a purpose especially when public water is contaminated and people are forced to either boil their water or drink bottled water.