Tap water for free- on your travels

Katiehound
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edited 5 February 2016 at 3:10PM in Freebies (no spend required)
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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
    Chocmonster7 Posts: 2,606 Forumite
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    Interesting idea but the nearest place to me is 18 miles away, I'd certainly need a drink after that walk! ;)
  • 9 miles away for me; but good idea if you have one near wherever you are going.
  • A.Jones
    A.Jones Posts: 508 Forumite
    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.
  • 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
    dbrookf Posts: 594 Forumite
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    30 miles for me! :o
  • Anacrusis
    Anacrusis Posts: 161 Forumite
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    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
    Anacrusis Posts: 161 Forumite
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    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!
  • vixki
    vixki Posts: 99 Forumite
    simon_says wrote: »
    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

    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
    k3lvc Posts: 4,174 Forumite
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    simon_says wrote: »
    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

    Which 'Law' would that be then ?
  • welshbookworm
    welshbookworm Posts: 2,905 Forumite
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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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