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Tap Water Warning at Hotel Questioned

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Tap Water Warning at Hotel Questioned

Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Adam Hotel on Skólavörðustígur has a controversial message for its guests, “We recommend drinking bottled water not from the tap.” Incidentally, the hotel offers bottled water for sale with its own label for ISK 400 (USD 4, EUR 3) a bottle. Pictures of both the message and the bottled water have circulated on Facebook, where many people are outraged, for example on a public page called Bakland Ferðaþjónustunnar, where people in the tourisms industry post comments.

AdaM Hotel

Photo: Bakland ferðaþjónustunnar/Facebook

Clean tap water has always been the pride of Icelanders, so people wonder why one should hesitate to drink tap water on Skólavörðustígur.

Vísir quotes a statement from Veitur, the water distributor in Reykjavík, saying, “The economy counts on us to provide fresh and good water, and we strive to do so. We got these photos send which were taken at a hotel on Skólavörðuholt. All 100 samples taken for testing from our water supply in Reykjavík in 2015 were perfectly fine. Thus, there is no reason to warn against the use of tap water, unless there is some malfunction in the building. What might be wrong?”

Yesterday, Vísir unsuccessfully tried to contact the hotel manager, Ragnar Guðmundsson, who is abroad.

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