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reverse osmosis water fountains should be provided at airports

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hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 15:28:30

They make you ditch any water and your only option is to buy bottled water that one creates more plastic waste and two means you have to buy vastly over priced water. Gets my goat. Family of four that's often 10-18 pounds extra.

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addictedtosugar Mon 10-Aug-15 15:34:12

I'm struggling to think of an airport that doesn't have drinking water taps somewhere post security. Not sure it needs to be reverse osmosis tho!

Does it really have to be RO? Wouldn't tap water do?

Heels99 Mon 10-Aug-15 15:35:39

All bars and restaurants in an airport will give you tap water for free even if you are buying nothing else. So goodness knows why you are paying £10 for water. Plus you are only in the dart use lounge for 2-3 hours, get free cups of water and stop stressing!

diploddycus Mon 10-Aug-15 15:36:58

What Euphemia said.

Also, to get rid of water would mean that you're carrying water with you. It's hardly a new thing that you're not allowed liquids through security so I make sure I don't have any with me. Ta da - no waste!

But you're right that the price of water is ridiculous after security.

hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 15:39:58

Well I've yet to see one in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm for the terminals used by SAS and ba. Lhr does have them though.

Can't just use the tap, no temperature control so you always get hot water that's yuck.

I've been refused tap water from a coffee shop before. Is there somewhere that states they have to provide free water?

Incandescentage Mon 10-Aug-15 15:43:33

I think it's a good idea.
btw restaurants do not HAVE to provid free tap water, espcially if you are not eating. Pubs, however, do.

hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 15:48:13

Thanks incan, I'm sure they don't have to provide it (in most countries at least). The amount of crap that gets spouted out as the truth on here!

cogitosum Mon 10-Aug-15 15:50:18

But you still have to buy at least one bottle to refill to take with you on the plane even if there are fountains.

WorktoLive Mon 10-Aug-15 15:51:02

Every UK airport I have been in sells a large (750 ml?) bottle for £1.10 ish, so not bad considering.

More than enough until you get on the plane and during a shorthaul journey. And don't you get fed and watered for free on long haul anyway?

Considering how expensive everything else is at airports, not something I can get annoyed about TBH. Next week my employer is having to pay over £30 for me to park a car at an airport for less than 12 hours - prebooked and cheapest I can find without parking miles from the airport on some dodgy carpark - now that is extortionate.

hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 15:51:43

Most people have a bottle. I have one with a lifetime guarantee.

hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 15:53:52

Work it isn't just about the cost, and I'm sure boots charge way more than that anyway 1.95.

TheFlis12345 Mon 10-Aug-15 15:57:09

But you still have to buy at least one bottle to refill to take with you on the plane even if there are fountains.

No you don't, you can take an empty bottle of any size through security with you.

AlbrechtDurer Mon 10-Aug-15 15:57:39

I hate that the water in WH Smiths in airports is cheaper if you buy the Daily Telegraph than if you buy it by itself (ie. water + Daily Telegraph costs less than the water on its own). Then I end up having to throw away the newspaper, unread (don't want to read it). Such a bloody waste.

Salmotrutta Mon 10-Aug-15 15:58:12

Why does it have to be reverse osmosis water OP?

Do you react to the mineral salts in normal bottled water/fountain water?

Incandescentage Mon 10-Aug-15 16:01:38

Also, why would anyone be against a public water fountain? why would anyone suggest that getting free water at restaurants was a better alternative? insane!

I believe the law only states that pubs have to provide tap water and toilets, but not restaurants, I think it's an old law, something to do with them being PUBLIC houses.

Restaurants have been under pressure to provide tap water with a meal and niwadays most do, but they should not be required to deliver free tap water to all and sundry.

cogitosum Mon 10-Aug-15 16:04:45

Oh that's good I didn't realise you could bring an empty bottle.

hejhej Mon 10-Aug-15 16:06:30

Incan I'm very confused at all the responses here!

I'm just wanting clean safe drinking water provided without having to pay a fortune and waste plastic!

Incandescentage Mon 10-Aug-15 16:09:31


me too, confused

NoStannisNo Mon 10-Aug-15 16:10:40

What the fuck is a reverse osmosis water fountain?!

wigglesrock Mon 10-Aug-15 16:11:09

Just bring an empty bottle through, I do to decant juice for the kids. I always get an offer on water 2 bottles for £2. Super Drug, WH Smith all had a similar offer on when I flew last month. There's a drinking fountain outside the toilets or in the toilets in my local UK airport.

Incandescentage Mon 10-Aug-15 16:11:41

and you know, drinking fountains can mean someone can have a drink without a bottle as well a refilling their reusable one, what's not to like?

and it would be free!

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