In its latest cost-cutting move, the City of Milton has eliminated water coolers in city buildings.
The cut will save the city about $2,000 a year, said City Administrator Subir Mukerjee.
The change means will city workers in those buildings will have to drink tap water from faucets.
The city had been paying for five, five-gallon water coolers for several city buildings, including City Hall and its adjacent public works building and council chambers/Municipal Court.
The city supplied water coolers in City Hall because employees didn’t like the taste of water in the old City Hall buildings.
But recent city water tests determined the tap water in city buildings – including fire and police headquarters – was safe to drink.
The tests also showed the levels of iron and sulfur in the water were within an acceptable range, according to a city report. Iron and sulfur often cause a metallic taste in water.
The city will continue to pay for individual-sized bottles of water for firefighters and police to use when responding to calls.
Milton has laid off workers, cut its budget and outsourced some city services in the past year to cope with declining revenues. The city projects a deficit of nearly $5 million by 2015.
In addition, the city has to spend more than $350,000 to build a restroom that’s accessible to disabled people in the city’s main park.
The City Council approved the water-cooler cut June 21.