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$8 For A Bottle Of Water
The Sunday Telegraph ^ | May 11, 2003 | Claire Masters

Posted on 05/10/2003 5:15:05 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

SYDNEY restaurants and bars are charging customers up to $8 for a bottle of water, making profits of 400 per cent on wholesale prices.

The cost of bottled water has sky-rocketed as pubs, clubs and restaurants resist giving their customers tap water.

Establishments across Sydney are charging similar prices. For example, a 750ml bottle of water at Hoyts cinema at Fox Studios in Moore Park costs $4.10.

The Cosmopolitan Terrace Cafe in Double Bay charged $4.50 for a 330ml bottle. Homebar in Darling Harbour charged $5 for a 500ml bottle, and patrons of the Harbour Kitchen Bar in The Rocks pay $8 for the same size bottle.

In some cases patrons are being forced to pay more for water than a glass of wine or beer.

At one bar, Passionflower at Darling Harbour, Chill Spings water is sold for $2.50 in a bottle that costs a little more than 30 cents from the wholesale distributor.

Minister for Gaming and Racing Grant McBride last week issued new pricing guidelines for pubs and clubs after some venues refused to provide tap water.

Under the new guidelines it is illegal to charge more for a bottle of water than a middy of beer or a glass of wine. And tap water should be provided free, or for no more than $1.

The new guidelines were welcomed by the Australian Consumers' Association.

The association said patrons should be able to ask for tap water because the prices for bottled water were so high.

The association's spokeswoman Gail Kennedy told The Sunday Telegraph a deregulated marketplace meant venues were able to put expensive price tags on their bottled water.

"These new guidelines ease the tension of the water issue," she said.

The increased popularity of bottled water meant it had become a status symbol, she said.

"Marketing water in terms of mineral content and country of origin gives water the same prestige as wine."

The Department of Gaming and Racing has received dozens of complaints over water prices.

"The complaints indicate that some venues are charging $5 for a small bottle of water, while others are limiting the supply of water," Mr McBride said.

A patron at a Manly hotel was told free water was only available at meal times and a Rushcutters Bay cafe refused to provide tap water at all.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: australia; bottle; restaurant; water

1 posted on 05/10/2003 5:15:05 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
Not up on the conversion between Aus$ and US$, but stayed in a hotel last night where they wanted US$4.00 for the (Brand-X) bottle of water left in the room, if one was foolish enough to consume it. (I hope *that* trend goes the way of the minibar, though it doesn't have the overhead...)

Caveat potor(?)

2 posted on 05/10/2003 5:35:05 PM PDT by Eala (The Left at work: "We don't see it as a 'quota', we see it as a 'performance standard'.")
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To: bruinbirdman
Many years ago I was way up in the Rockies and had to have some water for my car(Coors 6-pack conatiner makes nifty gasket material), as I had a stuck thermostat in the Utah desert and had to yank it out alongside the road. This yahoo at a convenience store wanted to charge me $1.50 for a gallon of water. This was from a hose out beside the store.
I laughed and drove away, same as I'll do if anyone tries to sell me a bottle of water for 8 bux.

3 posted on 05/10/2003 5:42:59 PM PDT by ALS
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4 posted on 05/10/2003 7:35:00 PM PDT by gcruse (Vice is nice, but virtue can hurt you. --Bill Bennett)
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