Many uncomfortable asking for tap water

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 11 May 2017

A poll has found that more than one in seven people are put off from asking for tapwater when they are in public places, even though all licensed outlets are legally obliged to provide it.

A poll has found that more than one in seven people are put off from asking for tapwater when they are in public places, even though all licensed outlets are legally obliged to provide it. The survey, run by YouGov and commissioned by the Tidy Britain Group and BRITA UK, also discovered that more than a third (37%) feel awkward asking for a reusable water bottle to be filled up, even when they are buying something. Only a quarter of those quizzed know their rights when it comes to asking for water in public buildings and businesses, which could lead to them buying bottled water or other drinks while on the go. Dr Sue Kinsey, MCS Technical Specialist, Waste, says, “Bottled water is widely sold in plastic bottles, and these are often used only once and not always recycled. Just ask for tapwater when you’re out and about, and take a refillable bottle with you.” MCS, supported by water filtration company BRITA UK, is asking people to give up single-use plastics for a whole month. The challenge is to say goodbye to conveniences like plastic-bottled drinks for a day, a week or, if you can manage it, the whole of June. Ambassador for the challenge, Simon Reeve says “Our planet is becoming poisoned by plastic. The vast amount in our oceans has become an environmental emergency as a direct result of our throwaway society. That’s why I’m supporting thousands of people living without single use plastic this June as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge. Don’t just get depressed about plastic - stop using it! Ø Click here to read about the Plastic Challenge.

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