Pune eater­ies serv­ing half a glass of wa­ter to cus­tomers

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Neha.Madaan@ times­group.com

Pune: With wa­ter cuts be­ing en­forced in Pune, many restau­rants are think­ing of “por­tion con­trol­ling” the one con­sum­able that is usu­ally free for cus­tomers — drink­ing wa­ter.

From serv­ing just half-aglass of wa­ter at a time to not re­fill­ing a glass un­less the cus­tomer specif­i­cally asks for it to pro­mot­ing pack­aged drink­ing wa­ter, eater­ies in the city are try­ing out dif­fer­ent con­cepts to save wa­ter. Some have also started cut- ting down on the wa­ter flow from wash­room taps.

Restau­ra­teurs TOI spoke to said ev­ery drop of wa­ter will now be used cau­tiously, as they too may have to de­pend on tankers for sim­ple chores like wash­ing uten­sils and floor clean­ing.

A lounge owner said the time of wa­ter flow from the wash­room taps has al­ready been re­duced. “Our wash­room has smart faucets that use au­to­matic sen­sors to de­tect the need for wa­ter flow. We cut down the time for which this wa­ter can flow by 50%. Also, when guests walk in, we usu­ally serve them a glass of wa­ter. But, we will now dis­con­tinue the prac­tice of top­ping up the glasses ev­ery time they take a few sips. In­stead, we would ask if they need a re­fill,” he said.

This is the first time the Pune Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has ini­ti­ated wa­ter cuts this early — in Oc­to­ber — as com­pared to Fe­bru­ary or March.

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