Published on February 10th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


House of Representatives Still Drinking Bottled Water, Costing U.S. Nearly $1 Million a Year

February 10th, 2011 by

While our country’s leaders ‘try to tackle’ the world’s biggest problems, they contribute to a number of them, too. For example, Corporate Accountability International reports that the House of Representatives spent $860,000 in one year alone on bottled water (almost $2,000 per House member), despite the availability of cheaper, greener options. That money could have purchased 4,000 water fountains! Seriously, how are they spending so much on water?

Looking for a way to cut wasteful spending? (Of course, this isn’t going to solve our economic problems, but it sure would be a helpful step to cut this wasteful, harmful spending.)

DC Water’s George Hawkins has challenged the House to go bottled-water-free now and has actually offered to give each member of Congress reusable bottles and free water quality testing. Here’s a video of him talking about some of these issues.

A few members have caught on — 16 Congressional offices are reducing spending on bottled water now — but not the large majority of them.

If you aren’t one of the over 65,000 who have signed a petition to the House in the last week to drop bottled water, sign the petition here now:

Petitions by|Start a Petition »

Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC

Keep up to date with all the most interesting green news on the planet by subscribing to our (free) Planetsave newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

Back to Top ↑
  • Connect!

  • 5 Ingredients For A Green Life

    Green Living Info
  • Advertisement

  • 7 Ways to Go Solar

    Solar Power Growth
  • 8 Electric Car Benefits

    electric car benefits
  • Advertisement

  • 10 Bicycling Benefits

    Dutch Bicyclist
  • Save $10,000/Year Riding Transit

    transit savings
  • Advertisement

  • Electric Cars List (US & Europe)

    Solar Power Growth
  • Top Posts On Planetsave

  • Free News from Planetsave!

  • Tell us Your Sustainability Story!

  • Go Solar

    Want to save the planet? Want to live green? Want to save some serious cash money? Go solar! The cost of solar panels today is at a serious low. Go and get a solar quote and home solar report for your home... and then help save the planet!
  • Search the IM Network