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City Cutting Bottled Water Spending


If you've been watching "It's Your Dime" over the past few months, you know our goal is to point out excessive or over-the-top government spending.


Well, apparently the City of Philadelphia is on the lookout too.

Fox 29’s Jeff Cole tells us one way the city plans to save some bucks during the next fiscal year.

The latest cost-saving move comes as the city struggles to close yet another billion-dollar-plus budget gap.

Starting July 1, the City of Philadelphia will no longer buy bottled water for most departments and offices.

The announcement comes from Managing Director Camille Barnett, who is seeking ways to ease the city's financial crisis and meet the administration's environmental sustainability goals.

We're told the move could save the city around $100,000.

The city will continue to buy bottled water for some police stations and fleet offices where the tap water is not drinkable because of bad plumbing.

Filters will be installed in offices where workers get their water from the tap.

City departments became aware of the decision last week.

You might recall in March, we told you how taxpayers shelled out more than $90,000 last year to quench the thirst of Pennsylvania State Senators and House members.

No word yet on how much the lawmakers expect to spend this year.

This latest cut may well be indicative of just how serious City Hall is about tightening its belt and reigning in the latest budget shortfall.

When you're talking a billion bucks, $100,000 may not sound like much, but city leaders are apparently keeping looking at every penny spent.


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