Tap tap water, cap the bottled one, UK study says

July 25th, 2008 - 12:14 pm ICT by IANS  

By Venkata Vemuri
London, July 25 (IANS) Indian tourists in Britain who often face smirks at eateries when they ask for tap water will now have the last laugh. A pollster now says more Britons are favouring it to the bottled stuff. And what more, the revelation comes with a suggestion to open free tap water re-filling stations across the country to quench thirst. Sounds familiar?

Which?, a well-known consumers expert, has conducted a poll which says one out of two in Britain are coming round to believing bottled water tastes the same as tap water.

Half of the 3,039 people Which? polled said they did not think there was any difference in terms of quality and taste. Nearly a fifth actually preferred the flavour of tap water.

It perhaps has more to do with price than taste. Tap water costs 0.22 pence a litre. That is 141 times cheaper than the best-selling mineral water, Evian.

Evian costs 31 pence a litre in a supermarket and more if bought on the high street.

Britons splashed out

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