Free Fizz: France's Fancy Water Fountain

A new drinking fountain premiered in Paris last week, but it's no small town bubbler; this one flows with sparkling water. Italy already has a number of fizzy fountains — will the U.S. be next?

Publicly-owned French water company Eau de Paris installed the fountain in an effort to reduce plastic bottle waste. France has one of the highest bottled water consumption rates in the world, at about 40 gallons of bottled water per person, per year. The company chills ordinary tap water and injects it with carbon dioxide for the new fountain, dubbed La Petillante.

The concept has already taken off in Italy where 215 of the fountains are in place across the country. Although I wouldn't hold my breath for one of these to debut in the U.S., it's a good reminder that sparkling water doesn't just come from the supermarket; it can be made at home with now widely-available soda machines.

Do you have a carbonated water habit and have you tried making it at home?

Read more:
French fountain spurts sparkling water at American Public Media
Paris Offers Water With Bubbles, but No Bottles at The New York Times

Related Link: Product Review: SodaStream Seltzer Water Maker

(Image: Eau de Paris)