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SANBORN – The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District will no longer provide free bottled water to its employees if drinking water is available in the building.

School Superintendent Lynn Fusco told the School Board Wednesday that the district had been paying for bottled water to be delivered to all its buildings except West Street Elementary School, but that the practice has been stopped.

Fusco was responding to a request by member Amy Deull, who questioned the expenditure during a vote on a monthly financial audit on Sept. 18. Deull had been a frequent critic of district spending in the face of budget cuts and tax hikes last year before she was elected to the board. Wednesday, she said she wondered why water was being purchased when it was available in building drinking fountains.

Fusco said bottled water would no longer be purchased for those buildings that have available water piped in. The only building that will continue to get bottled water is the Tuscarora Indian School on the Tuscarora Reservation, she said. The reservation has only well water.

Fusco said she did not have figures on how much water was being purchased or how much it cost.

Deull had reported that the district was paying $200 a month to the Mountain Glacier Co. to have water delivered to the administration building on Schultz Street. Some neighbors told The Buffalo News that water trucks frequently stopped at the building more than once a week.

Other than the central administration building and schools, water was being dropped off at the adult learning center and the bus garage, according to the discussion.

Fusco said she did not know how long the practice had been going on but she said water had been delivered ever since she was hired in the summer.