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D.C. Water Gets Their Way, Tap Will Be Served At Inauguration

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File photo of tap water. (Credit: VOISHMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. Water lobbied and got their way. The chairman of Congress’ inauguration committee says tap water will be available at January’s inauguration.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer said in a letter that just as Washington tap water is available in the Capitol every day, it will be available at inaugural ceremonies.

The general manager of Washington’s water authority sent Schumer a letter last week asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the inauguration. The letter says tap water is a penny a gallon, while bottled water costs 100 times more.

Schumer had announced that New York-based Saratoga Spring Water will supply water for the inauguration.

The senator said in his letter that Saratoga Spring Water, which will still be served at the ceremony, is no different than other beverages sold at the Capitol.

The inauguration push is just part of a recent campaign by D.C. Water to encourage residents to ditch bottled water in favor of what’s on tap. The utility is conducting blind taste tests, matching tap water versus bottled water, and seeing if people can tell the difference.

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