Diners' finances squeezed by the price of water

Wednesday 03 February 2010

Article by Mozo

Aussie diners have had their finances hit by the huge mark-ups on the cost of water in restaurants.

Customers are paying up to $14 for a litre bottle of water, making it more expensive than some restaurant meals, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The newspaper noted that the $14 price of a one-litre bottle of San Pellegrino Italian mineral water at the Quay Restaurant in the Rocks, Sydney, is 500 per cent higher than the $2.32 charged for the same-sized bottle at a Sydney store.

In addition, it was found that a number of other Sydney restaurants including the Opera House’s Guillaume at Bennelong and Justin Hemmes’ Est are also charging $10 or more for a litre of San Pellegrino.

The consumer group Choice also announced this week that many Aussie shoppers are not getting a good return on supermarket reward schemes.

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