Kildare restaurants could begin charging €1 for tap water

Restaurant users could be charged €1 for a glass of tap water with their meal next year as businesses try to come up with a way to deal with the increased charges of water which are expected to be hiked up again next year. In a move that will not be popular with most diners, who have always enjoyed tap water free of charge, it remains to be seen what kind of conditions restaurants would place on the charging for tap water. "From a logical perspective, if you invest in equipment that provides good quality, filtered, good-tasting drinking water then restaurants will probably add a charge to the bill," said Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants' Association of Ireland. The policy advisor for the Consumers' Association of Ireland says that the new charge would be likely to hit diners hard and it's going to be very unpopular. "Tap water is viewed by customers as part of the standard charge of provision of service. It's a bad charge, it's poorly thought out and it's going to hurt them," he said.

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