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How To Cut Bottled Water Costs In My Restaurant

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By Matt Stimpson |  Published

Eating out at a good restaurant is always enjoyable, whether it’s with family and friends or an intimate dinner for two. But alongside giving your customers the opportunity to experience cuisines from around the world, having something refreshing to drink is all part of the enjoyment. But could you cut expensive bottled water costs in your restaurant?

Bottled water costs

It’s always nice to have a decent bottle of wine, or maybe some fizz for a special occasion, with a fantastic restaurant meal. But not everyone will drink alcohol, either through choice or circumstance (designated driver anyone?). But, more often than not, discerning diners will ask for water for the table to quench the thirst and cleanse the palette.

Basic tap water may not cut it with fine diners who could expect something more refined. This is where high end, bottled water comes into its own, but how much does it add to their final bill? According to user-generated cost-of-living data, research, and statistics website,, a small bottle (⅓ litre) of mineral water can cost customers a little over £1.00, so just over £3.00 per litre bottle.

But more importantly, how much is it costing you to buy from your suppliers? Whatever you pay, bottled water can be an expensive addition to your wholesale costs and will include both the supply and delivery of every bottle you take. While much of that cost will need to be passed on to your restaurant customers, there is an alternative available.

Taps and bottling systems

Thirsty Work has a range of state-of-the-art refillable water filtration bottling systems for the hospitality industry, giving you the perfect replacement to expensive, brand-name bottled water for your restaurant. From classy, three-way bar tap systems with under-counter units for high-volume water bottle management to compact counter-top units for both jug and water bottle filling.

Connecting to your own mains water supply, each model gives your customers a choice of still, sparkling, chilled, ambient, or even hot water. And, using a built-in, advanced, Pura filtration system, every drop can be 100% filtered for maximum cleanliness and taste at the touch of a button.

We can even offer you a range of 500ml, 700ml, and 1 Litre refillable, dishwasher-safe glass bottles. With optional branding available, you can feature your own restaurant logo or branding to give premium style bottled water for every customer’s table, however they want it.

Reduce your costs today

Using your own, on-site bottling system can not only save you storage space and money on water bottle supplies and deliveries, but also help you reduce the environmental impact of single-use glass and plastic bottles. So as you reinforce your own brand and values, your customers benefit from fresh, great-tasting, filtered water on their table.

With a full installation and service package available form Thirsty Work, you’re well on the way to cutting those expensive bottled water costs in your restaurant, while giving your customers what they want at a fraction of the cost.

For more information on how you can get started with your own bottling system or for a free quote, call the Thirsty Work team on 01392 877 172 or email us on today.