Glass mineral water bottles, photographed in Portugal in 2009. Photo: Ricardo/Zone41.net (CC BY-ND 2.0)
A petition, which demanded that complementary tap water be served in the Grand Duchy’s restaurants, fizzled out last week.
Opened for voting on 6 May 2016, public petition number 639, which asked parliament to pass a law forcing restaurants in Luxembourg to serve tap water free of charge, has failed to reach the mandatory 4,500 signatures that would have required parliamentary consideration.
The filing received just 1869 signatures at the end of its collection period, on Friday 17 June, so the Chamber of Deputies are not compelled to debate the subject, or even officially examine it.
Within his filing, Charles Lamoulen asked “When will the opportunity to receive a carafe of free water present itself in Luxembourg’s restaurants?’’ Currently, restaurants only sell bottled water, on which, he wrote, they apply a huge mark up, forcing their clients to pay a hefty price. Lamoulen felt that, in the interest of society, everybody should have access to safe, costless water whilst eating out--he described it as a “fundamental right’’.
On the other hand, establishments functioning in Luxembourg have their own, often high, expenses to cover, such as rent and wages. No doubt charging for water helps them cover costs as well as turn a profit.
For now, people dining at restaurants in Luxembourg will have to pay an average of €1.70 for a bottle of water, according to Combien-coute.net. However prices differ depending on the location of the restaurant--they can be as high as €2.50 or as low as €1.