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Some 200 cafes and hotels serve tap water

2014-09-19

Today, on the 19th of September, the Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, will introduce a social initiative called “Tap drinking water for free!” at a press conference on Kudirkos Square in Vilnius. The initiative aims to encourage mass caterers and hotels to develop hospitable and environment-friendly business by offering free tap drinking water to their clients.

“In Lithuania, drinking water is produced from underground water resources, which are the safest, and water quality is tested regularly, so it is safe to use. I am pleased that about 180 caterers have no doubts about that and offer tap water to their clients. I believe that this initiative will also encourage clients to appreciate the quality of drinking water,” Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, said.

In September, the information tent of “Tap drinking water for free!” travelled around Lithuania’s major cities including Kaunas, Panevėžys, Klaipėda and Šiauliai. Organisers and representatives of water providers answered various questions about the composition of water and invited people to taste tap drinking water and to compare it with bottled water, to measure the water’s pH and hardness using indicator strips and to join the campaign’s interactive educational and informational activities. More than 500 people visited the tent. Today’s event in Vilnius was its final promotional highlight.

Twenty-eight caterers and hotels have joined the initiative in September. Special stickers on their doors inform visitors that free tap water is offered. A list of caterers and hotels which joined the initiative in September is available HERE.

Many EU member states use water from river basins to produce drinking water. More of additional substances is required to process it. Lithuania is one of the few EU countries that use only underground water for water production.

Caterers and hotels willing to join the campaign and to obtain a sticker can email to juste@bvrg.lt before December the 31st.

Public information division
19/09/2014

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas