The government will launch an awareness campaign about the quality of drinking water and encourage restaurants to provide a pitcher of tap water to diners. Legislation may follow depending on the success of the campaign.
The petitioners demanding that tap water be made available to customers at cafés and restaurants in Luxembourg presented their arguments to parliament on Tuesday.
David Kieffer and four colleagues from Refill Lëtzebuerg spoke with members of the parliamentary petitions committee, headed by Nancy Arendt from the CSV. Their petition had acquired 5,144 signatures, easily surpassing he 4,500 required for a petition to be heard by parliament. The aim of the petition, which--counter to some reports--does not call for tap water to be made available free of charge, is to handle resources more responsibly, says Refill Luxembourg.
But according to a report in Tageblatt, Gast Gibéryen of the ADR said that the debate should switch to the free of charge question, while Marc Baum of Déi Lénk said that water should be declared a public resource, just like the air that we breathe.
In the end, Kemp told the petitioners that the government and parliament will roll out a two-phase strategy. They will first launch an awareness campaign about the quality of drinking water in the grand duchy, which could include also encourage restaurants to provide a pitcher of tap water to diners. If that did not bring about the desired results, then creating a law requiring establishments to provide tap water would be considered.