Executive Order No. 18 was issued in 2009 in an effort to save taxpayers dollars and improve the environment by eliminating New York State's purchase and use of bottled water in state agency facilities and promoting the use of tap water as a preferred alternative. All executive agencies were required to develop and implement compliance plans and report annually on their progress in accomplishing the Governor's objectives under the order.
The executive agencies covered by EO 18 have virtually eliminated the purchase of bottled water, with 11 agencies* continuing to use bottled water under special circumstances. (*2014-15 Fourth Progress Report on State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability)
Drinking Water in OGS-Operated Facilities
Since 2009, OGS Real Property Management has performed assessments of the drinking water systems in all OGS-owned and operated office buildings. This information identified potential capital improvements and funded projects became part of the OGS EO 18 plan.
In continued collaboration with the NYS Department of Health, OGS annually tests a limited number of water fountains and sinks for lead and bacteria (coliform and for bacteria heterotrophic plate count). Testing results for OGS-owned and operated office buildings are available from the OGS Facility Manager or the OGS Health and Safety Unit.
For assessment of drinking water systems in non-OGS-operated facilities, contact your agency sustainability coordinator.
Drinking Water Modification Equipment on OGS Centralized Contract
A variety of products and services are available on centralized state contracts established by the Office of General Services that might be helpful to state agencies in meeting the requirements of Executive Order 18.
Drinking Water Modification Equipment Available on Industrial & Commercial Supplies and Equipment, Award 22918
|Water Coolers/Chillers and Dispensers||Bejian d/b/a Johnstone Supply||PC67222|
|Water Coolers/Chillers and Dispensers||F&F Industrial Equipment Corp.||PC67225|
|Water Coolers/Chillers and Dispensers||Fastenal Company||PC67227|
|Water Coolers/Chillers and Dispensers||Sid Tool Co., Inc. d/b/a MSC Industrial Supply Co.||PC67234|
|Water Coolers/Chillers and Dispensers||WW Grainger||PC67235|
|Fountain Conversion Kit||F&F Industrial Equipment Corp.||PC67225|
|Fountain Conversion Kit||WW Grainger||PC67235|
|Water Filtration Equipment/Scale Inhibitor Cartridge||F&F Industrial Equipment Corp.||PC67225|
|Water Filtration Equipment/Scale Inhibitor Cartridge||Interline Brands, Inc., d/b/a Supply Works||PC67230|
|Water Filtration Equipment/Scale Inhibitor Cartridge||Sid Tool Co., Inc. d/b/a MSC Industrial Supply Co.||PC67234|
|Water Filtration Equipment/Scale Inhibitor Cartridge||WW Grainger||PC67235|
|Reverse Osmosis System||Fastenal Company||PC67227|
|Reverse Osmosis System||Interline Brands, Inc., d/b/a Supply Works||PC67230|
|Reverse Osmosis System||Nassau Country Value, Inc.||PC67233|
|Reverse Osmosis System||WW Grainger||PC67235|
EO 18 Reporting Requirements
The EO 18 reporting schedule coincides with an associated report with EO 4, which established a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program.