BBC Spends $607,000 A Year On Bottled Water
The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, spends £406,000 ($607,000) of taxpayers' money on water every year, according to the british newspaper the Guardian. BBC released the information as a response to a freedom of information request. The money is used to buy large bottles for water coolers. The corporation would not release information about how much money it spends on small bottles for the 103,000 hospitality events it arranged during 2008.
BBC claims to currently be assessing the health issues surrounding switching from bottled water to tap water. This claim was met with scepticism from Unison and the Taxpayers Alliance, both of which are campaigning for employers to use tap water at work.
The BBC defended itself against accusations of wasting licence fee payers' money on an environmentally destructive practice. A spokesperson said: "The BBC is committed to reducing waste and promoting environmentally sound practices. We are also working to implement a policy of replacing bottled water with other options where they are used, for example, in meetings and hospitality functions. Current contractual commitments are being reviewed and the health issues related to replacing bottled water with jugs of tap water are being assessed."
A regional breakdown showed BBC London and Scotland were the biggest spenders, paying £365,368 combined, with the English regions on £23,690, Northern Ireland spending £16,285 and Wales £1,489. The low figure for BBC Wales is because most of its drinking fountains are supplied by mains water.
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