What about free sparkling water ?

@topffer (30615)
France
October 6, 2017 12:38pm CST
Paris has about 1200 public fountains distributing drinkable tap water to tourists, joggers, tramps, hikers, dog walkers... in a nutshell to anybody thirsty. To encourage people to drink tap water, the city has installed a few public fountains distributing sparkling water. It is an artificially carbonated tap water that tastes exactly like Seltzer water. This fountain is a small one in front of the Tuileries garden, near the Seine River. There are bigger ones offering sparkling water at ambient temperature or refrigerated. For what I read, the city of Florence in Italy has been the first to offer free sparkling water in 2011. It has been followed by Paris in 2013 and Rome in 2015. Would you like to have some public fountains distributing free sparkling water in your place ?
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@kobesbuddy (19480)
• East Tawas, Michigan
6 Oct
Regular water, yes. Sparkling water, maybe not.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
I reassure you, most of these fountains are offering normal water, only a small number are offering sparkling water.
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@kobesbuddy (19480)
• East Tawas, Michigan
6 Oct
@topffer Great news!:)
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@Kandae11 (27056)
6 Oct
That is great!, I would love that facility in my country.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
It is only in Paris, I would also like to have one in the park near my home. Can I ask you what is your country ?
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@Kandae11 (27056)
6 Oct
@topffer I was born in Guyana, South America, and I reside presently in the Caribbean.
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@Kandae11 (27056)
6 Oct
@topffer Do you still need the information?
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@much2say (35430)
• United States
6 Oct
I'm not big on sparkling water - the regular stuff is fine with me . . . but I know many people do enjoy it. I suppose it is in an effort to have people use less plastic bottled water? Better for the environment? I don't need the sparkling water, but wish there were better maintained, cleaner drinking fountains period.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
You do not need to bring any bottle in Paris if you drink tap water, there are water fountains in quite all public gardens and near the Seine. I think it is an effort to make people not drinking tap water (about 20% in Paris) to taste it. I am not sure that it is a success. I tasted it, and it is exactly like Seltzer water. This one is on a pedestrian path near the Seine, and I saw a jogger stopping at it to drink.
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@much2say (35430)
• United States
6 Oct
@topffer Here, I know a lot of parents want their children to avoid drinking water from public fountains. Kids will drink from fountains in school because it's there, but you will see many kids bringing their own waters (in bottles or fancy metal sports bottles) from home. It's not so much the taste, but people think of the germs in a fountain - and that gross patina that forms on the metal where the water comes out. Bottled water is extremely popular here - which also means there are a lot of plastic bottle trash around too. Plus the fact that many of the pipe systems are old now and could have lead or whatever toxins leaking in . . . not so much in our area, but in other states tap water has been known to be bad. Anyway, so now that the population is into bottled water, many do have a distaste for tap water. But yah, perhaps some bubblies can help to make it appear to be more tasteful . . . add a slice of lemon or fruit and you have a nice free flavored water there!
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
@much2say I am happy that most of people have not this phobia for germs here. I suppose that as they give an average 10 kisses and 10 handshakes to their coworkers every morning, they know that you cannot get ill easily from the germs of others. I am not speaking of my case, I spent most of my life handling dangerous germs in the ground without getting any disease from them and I have never been afraid to drink at a public fountain, I like to live dangerously. I would not drink tap water if it was reported to be bad. We have no more lead in public pipes, we receive 2 reports/year about water quality, and in my place it is good, probably better than many waters sold in plastic bottles : there are 7 different categories of plastic bottles used for water in the EU, and 3 of them may represent a danger for health (not sure, but suspected)...
@celticeagle (114599)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Oct
Might be nice. Who pays for this? I think money could be used elsewhere.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
Buildings are expensive in Paris, but the local taxes are among the less expensive in France : I would pay 3 times less for my house in Paris than in my city, and there is no sparkling water. A large part of Paris lives on tourism, I think it is a good idea to offer free tap water to people.
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@celticeagle (114599)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Oct
@topffer .....Yes, that is true. I am thinking of my local and so many things more important than sparkling water.
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@xiaolisu (1292)
• Shenyang, China
6 Oct
Its great Paris have so much resources of fountain. The only concern is the hygiene issue. I only found the public free water in some supermarket at my city
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
The water quality is controlled every day, and when the water comes from the bottom of the fountain, I do think that there is any risk for health. You live in a very large city, and there is no free public water elsewhere than in supermarkets ? It may happen in some small towns in France, but all the large cities are equipped with public fountains. Here a picture of the oldest model that you can find in several cities, from the 1870's.
@xiaolisu (1292)
• Shenyang, China
6 Oct
@topffer thank you for your nice picture. But it's true we get used buying the bottled water every day .i stop by Auchan and buy the water after work every time even there are several free water around. But i almost forget it
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
@xiaolisu Be careful with bottled waters. Some plastic bottles can represent a danger for your health and drinking this water can be less healthy than to drink tap water : we have 7 different kinds of plastic for bottles in the EU, and 3 are potentially dangerous. There is a number at the bottom telling what kind it is here, you should investigate for your country.
@MALUSE (32835)
• Denmark
6 Oct
Rome only in 2015? That can't be right. I was there many years before and remember such fountains. The town where I live in the south of Germany has several fountains which have mineral (not sparkling, though) water. People go there with empty bottles and fill them up so that they have water for several days.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
Looking. I believe you, but I cannot tell. I read about "fizzy mineral water", I do not find a date, but being mineral it could be there before 2015. They have installed the new Casa dell'Acqua kiosks offering sparkling water in 2015. It is very nice to have places offering mineral water inside your city ! The tap water in Paris does not taste bad, but is a bit chlorinated.
@MALUSE (32835)
• Denmark
6 Oct
@topffer The Ancient Romans were the first to install fountains in Rome. Maybe you find this interesting:
The public drinking fountains of Rome are free, healthy, and a good way to save money. Here's what they are and where to find them.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
@MALUSE Thank you for the link. I know that for the Romans, they could not imagine a city without public fountains and public baths. I have even seen private aqueducts to deserve farms.
• Pamplona, Spain
7 Oct
Water is so badly needed and I would love for that to happen and all those fountains to come about. I would just drink the water and give thanks to goodness that I can find some decent water to drink. Water is not good quality around here its well known fact so bring on the sparkling water fountains. Water gives life and how.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
Tap water in Paris can be sometimes a bit chlorinated, but it is drinkable. Besides sparkling water there are also a handful of fountains delivering mineral water from a deep source in Paris. You are not far from the mountains, I would have thought that you had some good mountain water at the tap ? The quality is good in my area, because it comes from a deep source, but in several places around it is more or less polluted because of agriculture, and sometimes they recommend to not drink it.
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• Pamplona, Spain
7 Oct
@topffer We are more into the southern part of La Ribera tops this is quite flat and the water here has literally rotted no end of peopleĀ“s teeth through such bad quality. There are fuentes going into your part of the World and Navarra too that is true. I love good fresh clear water no taste like it. Glad you have such things going.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
@lovinangelsinstead21 I am lucky. In a city where I worked despite of the water softening the water was still chalky and was leaving white marks inside the pans when I was boiling water. Nothing better than a good old fountain offering fresh water from a source
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@bunnybon7 (33092)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Oct
we don't have any of those. if you go some where you pretty well have to take your own or hope if you get thirsty you can afford to buy something to drink. plus i don't trust most tap water as it seems most our water here is not safe for one reason or another. we have poisoned it with way too much waste
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@bunnybon7 (33092)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Oct
@topffer that is wonderful. they have controlled the contamination so well
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@YrNemo (8585)
11 Oct
I can't drink that type of water. I tried many times, and always spat them out! Would be fun though if I had tried it when I was extremely thirsty (I wouldn't know the difference then, right?).
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@topffer (30615)
• France
11 Oct
When you are thirsty it is certainly better than to drink the water of the Seine. It seems that many responders do not like sparkling water.
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@YrNemo (8585)
11 Oct
@topffer Perhaps my mother did give me something similar when I was a child (medication against whatever!). I learned to hate anything resemble those awful medicines!
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• China
7 Oct
It is a human-based move !However I have never drunk sparkling water. Boiled tap water does me very well.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
The tap water is not drinkable when it is not boiled in your place ?
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• China
8 Oct
@topffer Some drink it,but I don't.I have to use the boiled tap water to make tea.
@Susan2015 (18698)
• United States
6 Oct
I don't drink any sparkling water, but would use it if was regular. I might try it.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
I have posted the oldest model available in another comment, here the last one for you.This one offers regular and sparkling water, at ambient temperature or refrigerated, your choice.
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@Susan2015 (18698)
• United States
7 Oct
@topffer That looks really nice.
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• Peoria, Arizona
6 Oct
That is unique. Seems expensive. We are starting to get new types of water fountains but they are still basic water, just filtered better and easier to fill a water bottle with.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
I do not think I will ever have a fountain offering sparkling water in my city. For what I have read it is not a lot more expensive than regular tap water once it is installed. But for the moment there are only a few offering sparkling water in Paris, usually inside large public gardens.
• Peoria, Arizona
8 Oct
@topffer I guess that makes sense and Paris probably does have some extra money lying around. Whatever gets people to drink more water and not just buy water bottles all the time to cut down on plastics.
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@kepweng (6381)
7 Oct
maybe homeless people can benifet with it right? is water in france is Expensive??
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
I suppose it is more targeted towards tourists, but everybody can drink at these fountains. Water can be quite expensive, it depends of the place. The price tends to raise since a few years.
@jstory07 (57883)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Oct
I do not like sparkling water. There is none free around here. But there is lots of water fountains to get free water from all over the place.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
7 Oct
I notice that quite all responders are not liking that. There are very few free sparkling water fountains in France, all are in Paris. Water fountains with regular tap water are present in all large cities, but they may be difficult to find (they are often in public gardens). In villages most of the time the only free water available is in the cemetery to water flowers.
@JohnRoberts (41053)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Oct
That certainly is new for Paris. Not easy to find water fountains when I was there.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
The problem is to know where they are : most of the time in public gardens and squares, but the number has always been huge, and you can find some even in the woods of Boulogne and Vincennes. Here the official map.
Découvrez Carte des fontaines sur le site http://www.eaudeparis.fr/ - Eau de Paris
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@Platespinner (18538)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
6 Oct
I don't care for sparkling water. I much prefer the ordinary kind, myself.
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@topffer (30615)
• France
6 Oct
There are only a few sparkling water fountains anyways, most of them are providing only ordinary tap water, sometimes refrigerated.
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@paigea (21209)
• Canada
11 Oct
I would love that. We have a machine to carbonate our tap water, as I prefer it so much to plain tap water.