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Guess How Much Water Starbucks Wastes Every Day

Starbucks' water practices became the target of a recent investigation led by British newspaper The Sun, and if accurate, the findings are disturbing to conservationists. The investigation was prompted when a UK couple alerted a Starbucks employee to a running faucet, and the employee acknowledged its company policy to keep water running throughout the day to prevent germ buildup in the taps. Imagine what the water bills must be like! On top of the rising price of commodities, it's no wonder the drink menu is expensive.

Starbucks defended its policy to ABC News in a statement saying, "Starbucks' challenge is to balance water conservation with the need for consumer safety." Can you guess how much water The Sun estimates that Starbucks wastes every day by leaving the water on?


Guess How Much Water Starbucks Wastes Every Day

How many gallons of water does Starbucks waste by constantly running the tap?

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Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 8 years
Another good reason to avoid starbucks and support your local coffee shop.
tj26 tj26 8 years
For all of you who think that a set of spoons and a dishwasher would solve the problem clearly have never worked in the food/drink industry. Have you ever BEEN to Starbucks? Do you have any idea how many drinks they make in say, an hour, 1/2 on hour? I've worked for Starbucks for over 2 years and there are times when you have more than a person per minute customer count. What healthcode do you know that would alow you to use the same uncleaned spoon in more than one drink? None that I know of. Hopefully if you are making the comments then you can do the math to find out that your talking about ALOT of spoons. How much water do you think they would use if they had to repeatedly wash those spoons over and over and over again throught the day?
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
A set of spoons and an instant hot water heater would clear that right up.
jkatie jkatie 8 years
thank you lizs you made a good point about the utensil tap. if the running water is something other than that its just a stupid barista using too much water. Starbucks uses some of the best water filtration equipment and does NOT leave water running all day. this makes me a little upset cause i worked at Starbucks for three years and never once has any manager told me to leave the water running.
carak carak 8 years
lizs- maybe these companies that have this 'utensil tap' should invest in a dishwasher and a set of silverware. have you ever measured the amount of water that comes out of the tap? probably not. wasting water by have a faucet, even if it isn't as high pressured as a standard faucet, is ridiculous. it's running a steady stream, not a drip. i fail to see how constantly running COLD water will keep germs out.
lizs lizs 8 years
Having managed for Starbucks (nearly a decade ago...boy, that makes me feel old), I have a feeling that this comment is about the utensil tap at the espresso bar, not a plain old faucet. The spoons that the barista uses to stir your drink, hold back the foam on the milk pitcher, etc. sit in a stainless steel holder through which water circulates all day. Many other stores (ice cream stores, for example) have a similar apparatus. While I agree that the number of Starbucks stores makes this problem's scale on the large side, this continuous rinsing station doesn't run with anywhere near the pressure or volume of a standard faucet. Besides, the alternative is for a spoon to go into your drink that had been sitting in stagnant, room-temperature, milky water all day.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I sent an email to their community responsibility office in protest.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
This is completely outrageous. There are plenty of other ways to reduce germs in the tap. This is especially horrible in areas that have been suffering from major draught for several years -- i.e. California. I wasn't a big supporter before, but now I'm definitely boycotting. What a completely idiotic waste of resources.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I haven't seen this at my local Starbucks, or any Starbucks I have been in, for that matter. Seems bizarre!!!
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 8 years
That's insane! Good thing I don't like coffee and I'm not a patron. I'd hate to be supporting that!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
That's awful. Yet another reason for me to avoid Starbucks.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
I dont remember seeing this in my area, but have to say I wasnt really looking out for it before..hmm an excuse to get a latte after work ;) seriously tho, this is horrible, the amount of people that dont even have access to water in this day and age is already pretty disgusting and to think of all this waste is horrible!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I've never seen this at Starbucks either and I've been about a billion times.
TsuKata TsuKata 8 years
Yeah, I've never seen a Starbucks have the water running constantly. I wonder if it's dependent on the area, maybe based on local water differences?
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I've never seen this happen at my local Starbucks. They turn on the water to clean out the blenders and turn it off. That's really weird.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I've noticed this before, and thought it was just moronic employees....didn't realize it was company policy. That is disgusting. I just can't imagine that there is no other way to prevent germ build up. What about a water filter or something?
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Geeze, that's astronomical. There must be another way to prevent germ buildup in the faucet.
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