07 April 2011

Anything but water

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2 comments:

Alex Trembath said...

David --

This isn't really relevant to the post, but I had a question and thought you might have the answer.

I was under the impression that institutions that sell food and/or alcohol are required to provide free tap water. They can charge a fee for the cup or the ice, but not the water. However, I'm finding conflicting information about this online. Is there a US or CA law that requires the food industry to provide free tap water, to your knowledge?

David Zetland said...

Alex -- good question. I'll make it into a post. There are other important nuances...