The French are among the world’s biggest consumers of bottled water, generating an estimated 262,000 tons of plastic waste each year.
In an effort to get locals to drink more tap water, Eau de Paris, the city’s public water company, has set up a water fountain that dispenses both regualar and sparkling water.
The fountain is located in Jardin de Reuilly, a park in eastern Paris. It dispenses tap water injected with carbon dioxide and chilled to a desired temperature. The water is sourced from underground springs, as well as the Seine and Marne rivers.
The idea behind the fountain is to boost the image of tap water, and show that it is a safe and ecological alternative to bottled water.
Wouldn’t it be great if all major cities followed suit?
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