Paris Offers Free Sparkling Water

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  09.22.10 | 11:52 AM ET

In one public water fountain, in a wooden hut, in the Jardin de Reuilly. The Guardian explains:

France’s addiction to bottled sparkling water is up there with its penchant for bike racing, foie gras and Johnny Hallyday. Now, authorities in Paris are attempting to fight back against the national dependence by unveiling a public water fountain that gushes with chilled bubbles.

La Pétillante - literally, she who sparkles - is the first fountain in France to inject carbon dioxide into tap water before cooling it and serving it up to passers-by. Inaugurated today in the Jardin de Reuilly in south-east Paris, it is expected to prove a user-friendly means of weaning the French off the bottle.

France pinched the idea from Italy, which already has 215 sparkling water fountains.



3 Comments for Paris Offers Free Sparkling Water

Mark Wolinski 09.22.10 | 1:21 PM ET

I’m in Paris now, so I’ll have to see if I can find this.  I’m not a big fan of sparkling water, but anything that helps reduce the amount of plastic bottles that are used is a good thing, no matter where they got the idea from.

Grizzly Bear Mom 09.22.10 | 5:53 PM ET

But does using a fountain waste/pollute as much water as recyling a plastic bottle?

Mark Wolinski 09.24.10 | 11:31 AM ET

Grizzly Bear Mom.  It’s not about how much water is wasted in the recycling process (if they are recycled).  Here’s a good video: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/ to watch.  There was a great article a couple of years ago on the issue with bottled water (ie shipping them via plane from overseas you can only fill the plane half full due to the weight, etc), but I can’t find it now.

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