The BBC has been accused of wasting public money and creating unnecessary environmental damage by spending nearly half a million pounds a year on bottled water. Responding to a freedom of information request from the Guardian, the public broadcaster said it spent £406,000 annually on large bottles for its water coolers.
In addition, BBC staff are allowed to order bottled water for the organisation’s hospitality events. The BBC refused to reveal how much it did spend on bottled water at the 103,000 events it held last year, claiming the cost of finding out was more than the Freedom of Information Act required.
Bottled water can also be ordered by staff for internal meetings, provided a meeting lasts more than two hours. The broadcaster said it was assessing the “health issues” of switching from bottled to mains-fed water…
Dave Prentis, Unison’s general secretary, said: “Workers work better if they are hydrated and have access to good clean drinking water. Bottled water is no better than mains water and the effect on the environment of all that water being transported around is enormous.”
Susie Squires, political director the Taxpayers Alliance said that paying for bottled water was an unnecessary waste of money. “What is wrong with the tap? It is the little things that add up to unacceptable waste at the BBC. Splashing out on bottled water is a frivolous expense. Families are having to cut back on the little luxuries and time the BBC did also…”
The water cooler bottles used by the BBC are also made from a type of plastic derived from oil, which is not recyclable and takes up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
Dimwits who do everything in their lives by habit are no better than criminals who plot to screw us over. They just use a different excuse.