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Star date: 2nd March 2010
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SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDING OVER £40,000 ON WATER COOLERS

Following `Biscuitgate' when Salford Council revealed that it has been spending over £30,000 on drinks and biscuits per year, now comes `Watergate'…

The Council has revealed that it is spending £40,378 a year on water coolers, including over £6000 a year on plastic water cooler bottles.

Full story here…


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…"

 

 

Em 3 wrote
at 4:05:55 AM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010
this is scandalous. the water in these thick plastic bottles, delivered by big vans - with a massive carbon footprint .......is no different to that which we are already paying for (a huge amount) from our TAPS. Surely a council such as ours have educated themselves about the farce of privatised water and bottled water. I cannot believe it! Water is precious. It belongs to us all - not nestles!! Private companies have simply installed coolers which use tap water and saved thousands of pounds ('cos its THEIR MONEY). Besides all that, cold water gives you thrush!!
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 10:00:44 AM on Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Come on now guys be fair .... £30,000 worth of biscuits does tend to leave your mouth rather dry!
 
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