Tap water gets a major upgrade in Paris with fancy sparkling fountains

Tap water gets a major upgrade in Paris with fancy sparkling fountains

PARIS — Sparkling or still? If you’re in Paris, the choice is obvious now that public drinking fountains spew out actual carbonated water.

Of course it does, this is Paris after all, City of Lights and glamour and now fancy, sparkling water! The French capital, which has already been home to eight sparkling fountains since 2010, has announced a new goal of one carbonated fountain in each of the city’s 20 arrondissements. Nine new fountains are scheduled for installation by December 2018.

In a 2010 interview with ’20 Minutes’, Anne le Strat, former Deputy Mayor of Paris, said that the initiative aimed to help Parisians stay hydrated. And since Parisians largely prefer sparkling over still, sparking water fountains seemed like a genius idea.

“People often told me that they were ready to drink tap water if it was carbonated. Now they’ve got no excuse not to,” she said.

So how do these fountains actually work? Each fountain is connected to the main water line, with a C02 carbonator added in, reports Condé Nast Traveler. The gas is then added in when the water reaches 44 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring a cool, refreshing sip each and every time.

As a bonus perk, these fountains will also help reduce plastic waste. Approximately 40 gallons of bottled water are consumed in France each year, a staggering amount that will hopefully decrease now that Parisians and tourists can sip ‘bubbly’ for free.