Water is a big seller here and maybe one of the biggest reasons for grocery delivery. Personally, I only buy water if I need it for a trip or a picnic, and then I save the bottle for refills. Moreover, in all but the fanciest restaurants, you don't have to worry about raising eyebrows if you order "une carafe d'eau." The tap water in Paris is full of minerals but it doesn't have a strong taste so I don't see the point in paying for what essentially comes out for free. Well maybe not completely free but bottled water is 47 times more expensive than water from the tap.
I saw an item in the paper that 5.2 billion liters of water were sold in France last year, 80 liters per person. That's a decline of 7.5 percent compared with 2007. Consumption of fizzy water like Badoit declined less -- only 1.8 percent. Is it the impact of the economic crisis, a change in taste, or both?