One thing that differentiates London from other cities in continental Europe is that tap water over here is potable though some may argue that it is barely.
Laden with calcium and other impurities, many believe that tap water cannot compare with bottled water. Some even ventured that London's tap water is poisonous. But here's four good reasons why you should opt for tap water the next time you dine out.
1. It's free
This is perhaps the greatest advantage tap water has over bottled water. I have yet to encounter a restaurant that charges for its tap water. That's probably because enough people actually ordered bottled water and that covered the costs of providing tap water. Since tap water served in restaurants comes free, there's no service charge imposed on them as well, another reason why tap water comes up top.
With the current economic climate, it pays to stretch your budget a bit. Besides, it might be more worthwhile putting the savings into Euromillions or get you a copy of Big Issue to redeem your soul.
2. Save the Earth
Since when you did your bit for mother Earth? Regardless what the bottled water companies say about how biodegradable the bottles are, bottled water can never be more environmental friendly than tap water. The bottled water industry in Britain alone is worth £2 billion a year, imagine the number of plastic bottles produced as a result of that. Do your bit for the Earth and save a bit of money in the process.
3. Calcium supplements
There is no denying that London's tap water is laden with calcium. Having a heavy dose of calcium might just keep osteoporosis at bay. The much misunderstood glass of tap water is literally a free health supplement.
Contrary to the popular belief, tap water is not inferior in taste compared to bottled water. In a blind test conducted with a panel of wine tasters in 2007, London tap water consistently tasted better than bottled water. In fact, you could simply add some ice to improve the taste of tap water; reducing its temperature increases the solubility of atmospheric oxygen, which is what made water taste good in the first place.
What about you? Do you go for tap water or bottled water?