Although our articles generally focus on all things water dispenser related, we thought we would debunk an interesting topic that we all have always assumed to be an absolute. Do restaurants really have to provide you with water free of charge if you ask?
Although this is a right, the rules are a little more crossed then people would generally think – actually not all establishments have to give you a glass for free.
A Common Misconception – Free Water
Restaurants don’t necessarily have to serve free tap water. Only establishments across England, Ireland and Wales that serve alcohol do. Weird, right?
According to the Licensing Act 2003 *Updated in 2014 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) restaurants in England and Wales who serve alcohol are required to give customers free tap water (different act from Scotland, but same legislation). So those that do not fall under this legislation are not legally required to.
Relax… most restaurants do serve alcohol so you should have access to free tap water but that is not guaranteed. It’s important that you also bear in mind that these rules do only apply to paying customers.
Can Restaurants Charge For Filtered Tap Water?
There is no requirement that states that tap water needs to be filtered before serving a customer. Restaurants can or generally do charge for filtered drinking water. Although establishments that serve alcohol have to serve free drinking water there is not hard rule about filtered versus unfiltered water.
Difference Between Filtered And Unfiltered Water?
It is argued that filtered water tastes better than tap water as it has gone through a process which remove impurities that often create a bad taste. Filters greatly reduce the number of chemicals and other substances that you find in your tap water and generally retains minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium which are beneficial to your body.
Looking For Filtered Water For Your Home Or Office?
When you not enjoying an outing to your favourite establishment remember to stay hydrated. So, whether you are at home or your office remember to ensure that you have access to drinking water and even filtered drinking water at that.