Spain has passed a new law that will affect all travelers and locals who visit cafes, restaurants and bars in the country.
All bars and restaurants in the holiday hotspot are now required by law to offer free tap water as an alternative to bottled water – which customers would have to pay for.
The rule came into force on April 11 and comes as the country encourages people to reduce the consumption of plastic, especially plastic bottles, reports Glasgow Live.
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The new regulation of the law on waste and contaminated soil for a circular economy states: “Establishments in the hotel and catering sector must always offer consumers, customers or users of their services the possibility of consuming free of charge and in addition to the unconditioned water offered by the same establishment.”
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Until now, companies could choose whether they wanted to offer tap water and could decide whether to charge for it or not.
Water fountains are also encouraged to be installed so that visitors and locals can refill their reusable bottles throughout the day.