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The new trend: "direct drinking"

no bottle, no glass, no wasted water washing a bottle or glass
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Bottled water is out because those extra bottles clog up landfills. So, I'm told to drink tap water from a glass. Why not take it to the next level?

Just stick your head right under the faucet. The city should encourage this! Especially in fancy restaurants. This is the next eco trend. Put faucets at every table!

NO. More. Cups. EVER.

futurebird, Sep 03 2008

Alternative "direct drinking" method Finger_20Bowl
And not a little shameless self promotion to boot. [theleopard, Sep 04 2008]

Drinking fountain http://en.wikipedia...i/Drinking_fountain
Let's all use these. [spidermother, Sep 09 2013]

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       I live in Beerland (Belgium) and we have a few cafes who have beer-taps at the table. You do get glasses, though.   

       How would you charge for the water? Measure in liters used? This might require a costly measuring infrastructure that could cost more than glasses.   

       Or do you just pay one fixed price and then you're allowed to drink as much as you want?   

       Mind you, restaurants dare to charge ridiculous amounts of money for a glass of water. It's precisely because they can charge per glass, that they're using glasses.   

       Also, a tap is not so handy, because you would wet the table. Unless you find some way to connect the tap via a tube directly into the customer's stomach. ;-)   

       The idea sounds good [+], but it needs some work.   

       How about a restaurant that feeds you directly via a big tube, a bit like they feed ducks for foie gras, so that we don't need any cutlery, plates and glasses? That would save tremendously on water, because there would be no dishes that need cleaning.
django, Sep 03 2008
  

       //fancy restaurants//
They serve bottles of water? With fine vintage labels, no doubt.
  

       //directly via a big tube//
Big tubes clog landfills, [django].
Amos Kito, Sep 03 2008
  

       I saw a Public TV special on how our MN State Government saved thousands by making employees bring mugs- no Styrofoam cups.
Bcrosby, Sep 03 2008
  

       Drinking fountains. Convenient, efficient, and somehow more thirst quenching than other methods of drinking. [+]   

       Hi again [futurebird]!
wagster, Sep 03 2008
  

       garden hoses would work better than faucets.
xandram, Sep 04 2008
  

       Ha! Great idea [futurebird], however I bet you haven't tasted the water in Manchester, CT.   

       I tastes just like a bottle of Chlorine Bleach. Icky!
blissmiss, Sep 04 2008
  

       Beer taps at the table. Where exactly would that be [django]? I live close, might be worth a(nother) visit to beerland.
zeno, Sep 04 2008
  

       Meh..."drinking" water is so 20th century.   

       "Faucets at the table?" Why not skip the upper digestive tract completely a have enema tubes at each table for quicker absorption into the body.
andrewkorbel, Sep 08 2013
  

       Why not bioengineer commensal yeast cells to release alcohol directly into the bodily fluids of your choice?
Wrongfellow, Sep 08 2013
  

       What's this "pay for water" nonsense? In civilised parts of the world, restaurants and public bars are required by law to provide water free of charge.
spidermother, Sep 09 2013
  

       Shame the term water can also be applied to urine. Water provided free-of-charge by the house staff you maybe don't want.
bigsleep, Sep 09 2013
  

       Mildly baked north of the border, with some injecting selves with alcohol....
not_morrison_rm, Sep 09 2013
  

       Having been kicked out of house parties after repeated drinking from kitchen faucet while stoned, I say nah thanks.
xkuntay, Sep 14 2013
  
      
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