Thursday, April 03, 2008

Thirsty civil servants?

It sounds like it is very thirsty work at the DWP. Since April 2006 they have purchased 5.3 million litres of bottled water. Apparently they're planning on introducing the use of tap water by summer 2008. Does that mean they don't have any taps already? How difficult is it to say "we're not buying that anymore, go use a tap"?


Chad said...
3 Apr 2008 09:24:00  

Just a wild stab in the dark, but perhaps they have already purchased the water to last to Summer 2008?

lettersfromatory said...
3 Apr 2008 09:39:00  

Clearly they have to fill in the necessary paperwork, get everyone to sign disclaimer forms saying they will not hold the DWP responsible for any ill-effects from the tap water, get the Health and Safety Officer to issue guidelines about how to drink tap water, then send everyone on a 'Drinking Tap Water' course just to be on the safe side.

Gasman said...
3 Apr 2008 10:07:00  

I think I've seen something on this elswhere - I think they're getting special filter taps installed, because ordinary tap water is beneath them

jus' askin' said...
3 Apr 2008 14:23:00  

I'd go with a combination of chad & the gasman.
DWP were already contracted with a water supplier till end '08 or maybe even '09 with the cost per litre about three times buying it from the corner shop. Meanwhile the most costly water filters are being installed by the most costly contractors so during the overlap we'll be paying for both.
Personally, I'm struggling to think of the office* I worked in that provided more than the token tea or coffee twice a day. And of course in factories you always had to pay.

*Got one. Morning & afternoon cups delivered to your desk & unlimited amounts if you wanted to use the kitchen to make your own. Restaurant was an eye-opener as well. Three course meal at a standard equal to most lunch bars for the cost of less than a couple of sandwiches elsewhere. Area Health Authority offices in London. About the same time I experienced the swill served up to nursing staff at one of its hospitals....

Anonymous said...
3 Apr 2008 14:41:00  

They'll be waiting for the £2500 filter taps to be installed like DEFRA has.

Anonymous said...
3 Apr 2008 14:56:00  

I wouldn't suggest saying that in a private sector firm - I've seen what happened when someone tried!

But of course they are public sector employees so they are not allowed to complain as much as their private sector equivalents.

TrevorH said...
3 Apr 2008 20:58:00  

I think a Scottish (lady) labour MP asked a question in PMQs about the critisism of bottled water and asked about the future of her constituents since she has two bottled water plants in her constituency.

By this time I could not stand the shrill noise coming out of Harpersons mouth so I do not know how she fobbed her off.

Its amazing how some green loony PR has suddenly struck a mknife blow into the heart of the scottish (and Buxton) economy. what a bunch of sheep we are, oh so ably led by a gullible 'meeeja'

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