Sign the Petition to

John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

We ask that you stop buying bottled water and that you encourage your employees to drink tap water.  Your offices spent more than $1,700 in 2012 on unnecessary bottled water when tap water is easily available and a fraction of the cost.[1]  By moving away from bottled water you will save taxpayers money and set a good example that protecting the environment is important to you. What do you think about plastic bottles floating in the ocean?  Does it frustrate you to see litter everywhere? We ask that you make the switch today!

In 2010, Congress spent almost $200,000 on bottled water. [2]  

Sources 
[1] http://disbursements.house.gov/archive.shtml
[2] http://www.scribd.com/doc/46436828/2011-01-06-Letter-Re-Bottled-Water

Signed,

Rachel Ricksecker

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

My generation is depending on current leaders to protect the environment and be good stewards of our economy.  Bottled water has become a "fad" in the USA and unfortunately this "fad" is taking...

My generation is depending on current leaders to protect the environment and be good stewards of our economy.  Bottled water has become a "fad" in the USA and unfortunately this "fad" is taking a huge toll on our planet and is costing taxpayers money.  What do you want the planet to look like in 20-30 years?  Are you happy with all the plastic floating in the oceans or drifting ashore on our beaches?  Please join me in asking Congressman Boehner to switch from bottled water to the tap.  Younger generations are switching away from bottled water and we should ask the same from our elected officials.

Five reasons why you should say "no" to bottled water:

  1. Bottled water isn't a good value - Brand name bottled water can cost up to $1 for a 20 ounce bottle (even more expensive per ounce than gasoline).  
  2. No healthier than tap water - Water systems in the developed world are well-regulated and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals.  
  3. Bottled water means garbage - Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year.  
  4. Bottled water means less attention to public systems - Water treatment systems and infrastructure  
  5. The corporatization of water - Water is being called the "Blue Gold" of the 21st century. Fresh water is essential to life and therefore should be a basic human right. 
Representative Boehner's 2012 Bottled Water Expenses:


Sources:
[1] http://www.sierraclub.org/committees/cac/water/bottled_water/
[2] http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/5-reasons-not-to-drink-bottled-water


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