Parisians tap into free water supply

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The Independent Online

Eco-conscious Parisians can now get free, unlimited sparkling water at a new public drinking fountain which is intended to wean consumers off bottled water and on to tap.

The fountain was unveiled in the Jardin de Reuilly in the east of the city by a publicly-owned water company, Eau de Paris.

It injects carbon dioxide into regular tap water to make it bubbly and chills it before delivering it to consumers.

Separate taps also provide still water, both refrigerated and unrefrigerated, pumped directly from the Paris water pipes.