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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 27th Jun 11, 9:52 AM
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    Tap water for free- on your travels
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    • 27th Jun 11, 9:52 AM
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    Tap water for free- on your travels 27th Jun 11 at 9:52 AM
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    As far as I can see as long as you have a refillable water bottle (I don't think you have to have a specific model) you can top at various locations for free. This could be quite useful in hot weather!

    http://www.tapwater.org/refilling-stations

    The idea is that we stop buying bottled water, not only for the financial cost but the cost to the environment in the form of discarded plastic


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    • Chocmonster7
    • By Chocmonster7 27th Jun 11, 10:05 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:05 AM
    Interesting idea but the nearest place to me is 18 miles away, I'd certainly need a drink after that walk!
    • jbrockwell5081
    • By jbrockwell5081 27th Jun 11, 10:08 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:08 AM
    9 miles away for me; but good idea if you have one near wherever you are going.
  • A.Jones
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:28 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:28 AM
    I bet they will only allow you to do it if you have bought (at high price) their stainless steel water bottle. No doubt they will say it is against health and safety to refill plastic ones.
  • simon_says
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:42 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:42 AM
    It's against the law to charge for drinking water..so unless they refuse to refill your bottle, you can drink as much as you like pretty much anywhere in the UK
    • dbrookf
    • By dbrookf 27th Jun 11, 10:49 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:49 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:49 AM
    30 miles for me!
    • Anacrusis
    • By Anacrusis 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
    It's 21 miles for me - but I already have metal water bottles and no where I've asked for a re-fill has ever turned me down!
    • Anacrusis
    • By Anacrusis 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:53 AM
    Oh actually sometimes little hot drink stands have said that they don't have cold drinking water - didn't know if it was true or not!
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:55 AM
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    • 27th Jun 11, 10:55 AM
    It's against the law to charge for drinking water..so unless they refuse to refill your bottle, you can drink as much as you like pretty much anywhere in the UK
    Originally posted by simon_says
    Yeah but a lot of places refuse to give you water unless you buy something else...

    I think that it'd be handy if public loos (eg in shopping centres) had a 'drinking water' tap - so you could fill up water bottles etc, most of the places on this tapwater map are out of the way and that's not very useful.
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 27th Jun 11, 11:58 AM
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    It's against the law to charge for drinking water..so unless they refuse to refill your bottle, you can drink as much as you like pretty much anywhere in the UK
    Originally posted by simon_says
    Which 'Law' would that be then ?
    • welshbookworm
    • By welshbookworm 27th Jun 11, 2:21 PM
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    Selling Alcohol responsibly - The Mandatory Licensing conditions that came into force April 2010 say
    3. The responsible person shall ensure that free tap water is provided on request to customers
    where it is reasonably available.
    from
    http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/assets/files/New%20mandatory%20licensing%20conditions%20-%20Home%20Office%20April%202010.pdf
    so yes you have to be 'customer' eg spend money first.
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    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 27th Jun 11, 7:57 PM
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    Popped into our local HSBC today and they had cold water on tap - it was bliss!! It was one of those machines that you can get a hot drink out of too.
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    • Magenta
    • By Magenta 28th Jun 11, 7:21 AM
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    It's against the law to charge for drinking water..so unless they refuse to refill your bottle, you can drink as much as you like pretty much anywhere in the UK
    Originally posted by simon_says

    Afraid not!
    Magenta

    OOPS, I am really sorry if I have posted a duplicate thread by mistake, I did do a search and nothing came up. So please, no unnecessary nasty comments.Thank you.
    • yorkieorchid
    • By yorkieorchid 28th Jun 11, 8:15 AM
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    A pub local to me charges 50p service charge for half a pint of tap water.
  • jumblejack
    I'd ask for cordial then. Probably cheaper than the service charge?
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    I thnk charging for water is a total joke. That's why I don't buy bottled one. Tap water is sometimes better (regarding minerals) than bottled water. And some bottled water is actually tap water. I don't know here in the UK, but in North America, Coca-Cola is selling Aquafina, which is actual New York City's tap water!
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    how odd is that map? the little villages near me are listed but not the large town I live in??
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  • lilykim
    I've got two places within short walking distance of my office. Having said that the water at work is fine and I often re-fill a plastic bottle.
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    • EndlessStruggle
    • By EndlessStruggle 29th Jun 11, 1:47 PM
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    I was surprised to see I have one in the local town in a nice little bagel shop.
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 30th Jun 11, 9:29 AM
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    Hysterically funny - the nearest was 27 miles away, but only if you can walk on water as I live in Swansea & the pub was in Noth Devon!

    Without swimming the Bristol channel, the nearest place is 44 miles away.
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