If the endless rhetoric at the State House has left your mouth parched, good luck finding a drink of water — unless you stumble upon it by accident.
Tucked between a hearing room and a freight elevator in the basement is the building’s first filtered water bottle filling station, installed last week, marking the first time employees and visitors have had access to drinking water since fountains were removed during a State House renovation nearly 30 years ago.
The $2,500 water station has a meter showing that, since it was unveiled on May 11, it has helped eliminate waste from 242 disposable plastic bottles.
“The idea is to have a reusable water bottle and not go out and buy plastic bottles of water continually,” Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton) said, citing a “consumer culture” that has led to innumerable plastic bottles ending up in landfills or the ocean. “It’s not just about the State House, unfortunately. Buildings, parks, playing fields all have moved away from water fountains. My hope is this will create a discussion that will spark the return of water fountains and bottle-filling stations.”
“Anything that can reduce the number of plastic bottles, I’m all for,” Aaron Singer, 29, of Lexington said as he passed the station yesterday, initially without noticing it. “But I think they could advertise it better.”
Another State House filling station is due to be installed next month — and because it will be on the first floor, it should be easier for people to find.
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