This summer, a reform in Spanish law will lower restaurant and bar bills for tourists

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By law, all pubs and restaurants must now provide free tap water as an option to bottled water.


Spain has implemented a new policy that will significantly influence tourists this summer. Due to changes in the law in the tourist hotspot, diners' bills may become less expensive.

Since April 11, however, all pubs and restaurants have been compelled by law to provide free tap water as an alternative to bottled water, which customers must pay for. According to GlasgowLive, the move is part of the country's effort to encourage people to consume less plastic, particularly bottles, as specified in new restrictions in the Law on Waste and Contaminated Soil for a Circular Economy.

"Hotel and restaurant establishments will always have to offer consumers, clients, or users of their services the option of consuming unpackaged water free of charge and supplementary to the establishment's offer," it says.

Heretofore, it was up to bar and restaurant owners to decide whether or not to serve tap water to clients and whether or not it should be included in the bill. According to the new rules, water fountains should also be built so that visitors and locals may replenish their reusable bottles throughout the day.

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