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Water water bottled everywhere

Posted on - 18th April, 2009 - 3:32pm | Author - | Posted in - Observations

This is a guest post from Martin Brown. He is a blogger on the built environment at isite and can be found on twitter @martinbrown. If you’d like to write a guest post for Preston Blog check out how you can get involved.

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Lancashire's public bodies have been splashing out on bottled water

Lancashire's public bodies have been splashing out on bottled water

The Lancashire Evening Post has revealed the cost in terms of money and carbon foorprint of Lancashire’s public organisations using bottled water rather than tap water.

Almost £100,000 of Lancashire taxpayers’ money was spent on bottled water in one year, despite health bosses advising people to drink tap water.

The Evening Post can reveal Lancashire County Council spent £35,944 on bottled water last year while NHS Central Lancashire spent nearly £18,000 even though a litre of tap water costs less than 1p

But perhaps there is another cost, seemingly hidden, and that is the environmental (carbon) cost of water transportation, of disposing or recycling the plastic bottles and alarmingly the damage to the environment from plastic bottles and bottle caps, as demonstrated in this ‘must watch’  TED talk: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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