According to a new report released today, the state of Maryland spent at least $200,000 on bottled water last year.
The report, called Getting States Off the Bottle, was released by Corporate Accountability International, a membership nonprofit that calls out corporations on their "irresponsible and dangerous" actions.
The group says water bottling companies scare the public into drinking only bottle water that fouls the environment and burdens the budget. But in about 44 percent of cases, bottle water is tap water. At the same time state and local governments are buying into the companies' PR campaign that local tap water is unsafe, the governments are failing to invest in proper upkeep of water infrastructure, the report says.
The report authors have taken a look at state bottled water expenditures -- though a real look is tough because a lot of the water purchases are hard to track. This is the second installment of the report and includes five states. Maryland is one. The others are Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon. The range of spending was between $78,000 and $475,000 during fiscal '09.
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