Connecticut legislators urge state to end bottled water contract with Nestle

Connecticut state legislators last week urged the state to break its 3-year contract with Greenwich-based Nestle Waters North America in favor of asking state employees to drink their water from the tap.

State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, called bottled water “tremendously wasteful,” but Nestle spokeswoman Jane Lazgin said she believed there was enough room in Connecticut for both tap and bottled water.

The state spends $11,600 annually to supply bottled water to offices in the capitol and adjacent Legislative Office Building, and state agencies spend $500,000 annually on bottled water, according to the Stamford Advocate.

State Rep. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, sponsored the initiative, and said she would prefer the state to use that money to build more water fountains, at a cost of $1,550 each.