BOSTON – Drink up, Massachusetts lawmakers.
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, and Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, on Wednesday helped cut the ribbon on the first-ever water bottle filling station under the State House’s golden dome.
The filling station, located near the Bowdoin Street entrance to the State House, cost $2,500 to install.
Another refill station is set to be installed on the first floor of the State House, around the corner from the General Hooker statue entrance.
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The Quabbin Reservoir supplies the water.
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) tested the water infrastructure inside the 218-year-old State House to make sure the water meets standards laid out by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Eldridge said he hopes the new filling station sends a message that, beyond the convenience, “water is a public good” and that people shouldn’t have to rely on bottled water.
Eldridge noted that the town of Concord banned the sale of bottled water two years ago and installed a water foundation and filling station near its commuter rail stop five months ago.
Public drinking fountains were removed from the State House during renovations to the State House in 1987. It’s not clear why they weren’t reinstalled.
“I’m thrilled that we are bringing water fountains back to the State House,” Dykema said in a statement. “Reducing our reliance on single-use plastics is a great step that we can all take to help protect our environment.”
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