Drinking water fountains are making a comeback. To be honest, they never actually died out; they’ve always been there, but had lost their popularity due to the rise in bottled water. But while the latter is by far the most popular choice, municipalities, schools and companies all over the world are making an effort to provide more environmentally friendly alternatives.
One such alternative are drinking fountains, which have always served a convenient refreshment since time immemorial. Many cities around the world feature artistic, and world renowned fountains that are celebrated as landmarks, with some listed below.
This is one of only two fountains in Karlsruhe. As you can see, its design is plain, functional and unspectacular to say the least. This is because the Germans are not overly fond of tap water or public drinking spouts.
The Wallace fountains feature a number of designs and colours and can be spotted all over Paris. Apart from their appealing design, they offer fresh, clean drinking water for pedestrians. These iconic Parisian landmarks were designed by Charles-Auguste Lebourg in the 1870’s and named after the Englishman, Richard Wallace, who financed their construction. They are displayed in public parks and along the pavements.
The city is also home to France’s first public sparkling water fountains, which signify the municipality’s strong attempt at weaning its residence off of sugary drinks and bottled water. These can be found at the Eau de Paris office, Parc Andre Citroen and in the Jardin de Reuilly, with more coming soon. Today there are a total of 1200 drinking fountains in the city.
London is home to both historic and modern public fountains. The most famous being Baroness Burdett-Coutt’s fountain in Victoria Park, east London, which dates back to 1862. The Michael Freeman fountain is much younger, built in 2009 and located in Hyde Park. It adds a modern feel to park with its brilliant spherical design.
Although there are hundreds of water fountains in Spain deserving a mention, there is one that stands out: the La Rambla drinking fountain in Barcelona. Legend has it that if you drink from this fountain, you’ll always return to the city.