Bottled Water

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please tell me how much Birmingham City Council spent on the
purchase of bottled water in the last financial year.

Yours faithfully,

John Cross

Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Cross

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Birmingham City Council

Dear Sir,

I refer to your request dated 2nd May 2009 and can inform you that during
the financial year of April 2008 to March 2009, the amount spent by
Birmingham City Council on bottled water was as follows:-
18.5Ltr Bottles = £51,070.71
11.0Ltr Bottles = £ 2,272.29

These figures exclude any amount spent by schools as the Schools' budgets
are outside of the control of the City Council.

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can do this by either contacting myself directly or, by contacting the
Corporate Information Manager,

Mr Malkiat Thiarai,
Birmingham City Council.
Corporate Freedom of Information/Data Protection Unit ICF
1st Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
B4 7AB.
Or by email at : [email address]
Please quote reference number FOI2949

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Yours faithfully,

Chris Jones.
Corporate Procurement Services.

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I wrote to Cllr Paul Tilsey, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, to alert him to this revelation. I said:

"The country can't afford this public sector extravagance and lunacy. It has to stop. Use the taps."

Cllr Tilsey replied saying:

"This is not bottled water as in litre bottles, is is water for water coolers, which every office in the country has."

He appears to believe that this makes it somehow less scandalous. I disagree, and in any case the response made clear this was large (18.5L and 11L) bottles. He does however appear aware this is unacceptable as he added:

"We are switching to machines that are connected to the main water supply, then is cooled. Hope this sets the record straight."

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

An article arising from this response has appeared in the Birmingham Mail:

John Cross left an annotation ()

Great news, thank you to Richard for bringing this to my attention.