Following an enquiry from Salford Labour councillor Bernard Lea, the Council has revealed that it spends over £40,000 a year on water coolers.
Councillor Lea requested details on the contract for drinking water and asked at a Corporate Issues Scrutiny Committee meeting "whether there are opportunities to make savings by using tap water instead"
The Council reply stated that there are 168 plumbed in water coolers at Council offices which take their supply from the mains at an annual cost of £33,972, plus 116 plastic bottle fed coolers "for which we have purchased 1726 bottles at an annual cost of £6,386". Total expenditure amounted to £40,378.
However, while the biscuits and drinks have been scrapped to save money, a tender has just gone out for the water cooler contract and can't be stopped.
Councillor Lea commented in a follow up e-mail to officers… "Perhaps they would like to consider whether they would like to continue with the water or at £75 per throw, repair an additional 538 potholes per year…"