What do you get when you cross fountain water and carbon dioxide? Fizzy fountain water! Okay, terrible joke. But it’s no joke in Paris. In an effort to get Parisians off bottled water — of which the French are the world’s eighth biggest consumers — publicly owned water company Eau de Paris has come up with a fountain that injects carbon dioxide into still tap water to make it sparkling. The water is then cooled before being consumed. There are also separate fountain taps for non-fizzy H2O, both chilled and unchilled.
The fountain is in Jardin de Reuilly, east of the city, and depending on how well it is received there may be more to come. Eau de Paris spokesman, Philppe Burgiere had this to say:
Our aim is to boost the image of Paris tap water. We want to show that we’re proud of it, that it’s totally safe, and that it’s ecological as there’s no oil involved, no waste and no packaging.
The equivalent of around 4.5 million barrels of crude oil goes into making the plastic bottles consumed by the French. According to CBC News, the top 10 countries that drink the most bottled water as of 2008 are:
While the US tops the list of total consumption, the United Arab Emirates drinks the most bottled water per capita at 259.7 litres per person per year. The US is #9 on this list at 110.9 litres per person per year.
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