Department of the Army--Use of Appropriations for Bottled Water
B-310502: Feb 4, 2008
Federal law and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) policy require that the Corps provide access to potable water for employees working in remote areas of the Savannah District. For work sites that have no access to potable water, it is within the Corps' discretion to decide how best to meet this responsibility, whether by providing coolers or jugs for transporting water or by providing bottled water. We have no objection to the Corps using appropriated funds to provide bottled water, so long as the Corps administratively determines that providing bottled water is the best way to provide its employees at a particular remote area with access to potable water.