Tapped out

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2009

In light of Boston's current $238,000 annual expenditure on bottled water throughout all city operations, outgoing City Councilor-at-Large Sam Yoon proposed this past July "a resolution in support of replacing bottled water usage with tap water in municipal facilities," as has been done in San Francisco and Seattle. Though the measure never got a hearing, and will disappear with Yoon next session, Boston Chief of Environment and Energy Jim Hunt says Menino last month had new fountains installed at the Boston Public Health Commission. Hunt also says Hizzoner has directed planners to design a strategy to retrofit the building.

"We do believe that City Hall is taking steps in the right direction," says Bolaria. "And they should want to — this is a great opportunity for any politician to lead the way."

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