The city attempts to reduce bottled water consumption
Paris City Hall announced a plan to provide at least one free sparkling water fountain in each of Paris’ 20 arrondissements. This marks an increase from the 2010 initiative, which already established eight free sparkling water fountains and was received positively by the community.
The City of Light’s initiative is about more than just the fizz; the city ultimately aims to reduce plastic waste. Currently, the French are the world’s eighth biggest consumers of bottled water according to the Earth Policy Institute.
The fountains access water from the main network and add CO2 just below the fountain for carbonation. Nine new fountains are scheduled to be installed by December, with one recently built at Square Eugene Varlin.