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?