Always outdoing us all in sophistication and classiness, the French are at it again with their latest water fountain creation, launched earlier this week. It’s no ordinary drinking fountain mind you. This one is nestled in the midst of a Parisian garden and rather than distributing ordinary still water, it gushes forth with sparkling water as well as still. And the wooden facade is a touch more stylish than ordinary fountains. It's all so—French.
The fountain is the initiative of Eau de Paris (eau translating to ‘water’ in english), the company that manages the utility industry and water trade in Paris. The kiosk which houses the fountain was developed by the Department of Parks and Gardens of the City of Paris.
The fountain is a positive step forward for a nation ranked as the eighth biggest consumer of bottled water in the world. According to statistics from the Earth Policy Institute, the French downed an average of 128 litres the still or sparkling beverage in 2009, per person. The fountain will distribute an unlimited supply of the sparking goodness, all for free.