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Bottled water has been on attack from environmentalists for as long as it has existed. And for good cause, bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. However, capping the bottled water quandary is a little trickier.
 
The average French person consumes 40 gallons of bottled water per year. How can we curb that usage and reduce the amount of plastic waste, especially when some prefer sparkling water? 
 
Eau de Paris, a public water supply company in France, thinks it may have the answer: Installing a sparkling water drinking fountain in a park in eastern Paris! (Sounds like something from a fairy tale, doesn’t it?) The water is chilled and injected with carbon dioxide before it reaches  parched patrons' lips. If the fountain receives good reactions from the public, Eau de Paris plans to install more fountains. No need to carry around those bottles, when you can satisfy your thirst with a few drinks from the fountain!

 
Do you think sparkling water fountains will help the problem of bottled water in France? Could it work in the United Sates?
 
Read the full report here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/world/europe/22paris.html