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First Sparkling Water Fountain in Paris

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The first public drinking fountain with cooled, sparkling water opened on September 21 in the Jardin de Reuilly (12th).

Housed in a former garden shed, the fountain uses CO2 cannisters to create the bubbles and a system of iced pipes to chill the water to 7°C/45°F. These actually already exist in Italy, and now the  City of Paris hopes to install more public drinking fountains throughout the city in the near future. What would be nicer is to have fountains that don’t require you to have your own cup/bottle (which all of the Wallace fountains and this new fountain do…sigh).

drinking fountain
Photo by Deborah Lesage/Mairie de Paris


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  • the fact that you must bring your cup or bottle in order to drink out of the Parisian fountains is purely hygienic… you dont touch the tap, then you don't leave your microbes on the tap… That is why the Wallace fountains around Paris have been designed as such 150 years ago !!

  • I don't know why they don't have public water fountains, especially at the big commercial centers. I hate going into a cafe & asking for my free glass of water from the faucet at the bar. I always feel like they're looking down their nose at me when I do that & have only done it a few times in all my 17 years here. I almost always have a little bottle of water on me. And I finally invested in a stainless steel bottle to fill up since I'm paranoid about plastic leaching into my water. http://www.myspace.com/estrojen

  • wow, free, chilled, sparkling water and you want cups! i am impressed both by paris and by the fact that not all of us can ever be happy. keep up the good work!What format should the URL be in – I tried ilovecookbooks.com and http://www.ilovecookbooks.com and neither would let me post. Thanks!