Eating places ought to supply free faucet water to households consuming out fairly than ready for patrons to ask for it, says a physique representing councils in England and Wales.
They are saying this may supply a wholesome various to sugary drinks.
Councils, which have duty for public well being, need eating places to do their bit to deal with childhood obesity.
All licensed premises have to offer free faucet water in England, Wales and Scotland – however not Northern Eire.
But one in 5 individuals are not conscious of the principles, says the Native Authorities Affiliation.
And a survey discovered that 15% of people that often drink faucet water at residence by no means consider asking for water in cafes and eating places.
Izzi Seccombe, group wellbeing spokeswoman on the Native Authorities Affiliation, stated: “Whereas most eating places will fortunately present a glass of faucet water on request, we’re saying it should not be one thing you must ask for.
“Some individuals could also be too embarrassed or discover it awkward to ask for faucet water. Others might merely overlook it is an choice,” she stated.
“Water brings necessary well being advantages and retains individuals hydrated.
“For youngsters it is an alternative choice to a sugary drink, whereas for adults it’d dissuade them from ordering one other alcoholic drink.”
The LGA has beforehand referred to as for faucet water to be made extra obtainable in faculties, nurseries and youngsters’s centres.
It needs the federal government to introduce initiatives to encourage youngsters to drink extra water as a part of its childhood weight problems technique, which has been delayed and can in all probability not be revealed till the summer time.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, just lately introduced a new sugar tax on the mushy drinks business to assist deal with childhood weight problems, which will probably be launched in 2018.
One in 10 youngsters in England is overweight at first of main faculty and that rises to at least one in 5 by the age of eleven.
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