Mexico City to require water filters in all restaurants

Jan. 24, 2014

MEXICO CITY — The city is trying to change resident and tourist habits of drinking bottled water over tap water.

MEXICO CITY — A law recently approved by Mexico City's legislators will require all restaurants to install filters to offer free, drinkable tap water, according to an article from ABC News.

Mexico is trying to change the habits of residents and tourists, who have long chosen bottled water over tap water to avoid stomach problems from contamination often referred to as "Montezuma's Revenge," the article noted.

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"We need to create a culture of water consumption," said Dr. Jose Armando Ahued, health secretary for Mexico City. "We need to accept our water."

Mexico suffers from an obesity epidemic and is also the world's top consumer of bottled water, the article reported.

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According to the article, the 65,000 restaurants in Mexico City (but none of the street-food stalls) will be required to install filters within six months of when the bill is officially signed later this month; health inspectors will impose fines to those not in compliance.

Read the full article here.