Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) test out the new water bottle refilling station in the basement of the State House.
Water station provides public with access to drinking water at State House for first time since fountains were removed in 1987
BOSTON– Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) today unveiled the first-ever bottle refilling station to encourage healthy drinking options and promote sustainable development at the State House. Senator Eldridge and Representative Dykema have been long-time champions of improving water infrastructure in Massachusetts, serving as co-chairs from 2010-2012 of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission. A second bottle refilling station will be installed on the first floor of the State House in June.
“By installing this water bottle refill station, it will be easier than ever for staff and the public to access free, clean tap water at the State House,” said Senator Eldridge. “After a year and a half of planning, today we are upgrading public access to water, encouraging people to carry reusable bottles, and reduce the purchase of plastic bottles.”
“I’m thrilled that we are bringing water fountains back to the State House,” said Representative Dykema. “Reducing our reliance on single-use plastics is a great step that we can all take to help protect our environment.”
Drinking water from the refilling station comes from the Quabbin Reservoir. The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) conducted a water sample test on water infrastructure in the 218-year old Massachusetts State House and results showed that the water meets both EPA and DEP drinking standards. According to the Bureau of the State House, public drinking fountains were removed during a 1987-1988 State House renovation project.
John Sullivan, Chief Engineer of Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Fred Laskey, Executive Director of Massachusetts Water Resource Authority and Matt Thomas, President and Founder of BeCause Water delivered remarks at the event. MASSPIRG, Clean Water Action and the Bureau of the State House were in attendance.