Curious regulation: That’s why there is only bottled mineral water in the pub

Beer, cola, apple spritzer, cocktails: if you order a drink in pubs, cafés, bars or restaurants, it is usually served by the glass. Not so when you order mineral water: Provided the service staff adhere to the rules of the game, the mineral water ends up in the unopened bottle at the table and is only then poured into the glass.

And that is not in the taste of the restaurateur, but is exactly the same Mineral and table water ordinance (MTVO) prescribed. There it is regulated, among other things, that mineral water may only reach the consumer in sealed prepackaged.

Because natural mineral water has to meet the highest quality standards – and they differ, for example, from those of table water. This is how the MTVO defines the special requirements for natural mineral water:

  1. It has its origin in underground water resources protected from contamination and is obtained from one or more natural or artificially developed sources.
  2. It is of original purity and characterized by its content of minerals, trace elements or other components and, if necessary, by certain nutritional effects in particular.
  3. Its composition, its temperature and its other essential characteristics remain constant within the framework of natural fluctuations; they are not changed by fluctuations in the bed.

And so that the consumer or guest actually receives this quality water and not just any cheap table water, it has to be served in the bottle at the table. The German Mineralbrunnen guarantee the safety, quality and the unadulterated naturalness of the mineral water from the source to the guest via the MTVO.

Alternative: just bubble up the water yourself

But as good as the mineral water in this country may be: since Sodastream made the soda makers acceptable in this country in recent years, millions of households in Germany have been bubbling their own water.

The tap water mixed with CO2 has nothing to do with real mineral water. For convenience, cost and environmental reasons, however, consumers are increasingly turning to the self-bubbled alternative. The Stiftung Warentest has taken a closer look at the soda makers. The We have test results from Stiftung Warentest here summarized for you, the compact recommendations of the test can be found in the following table:

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