Monday, September 27, 2010

"In the latest in a series of unusual efforts to make Paris green, the city is now offering residents free sparkling water"

to try to wean Parisians not from red wine, but from overconsumption of plastic bottles.

Inaugurated on Tuesday by Eau de Paris, the public water company, “la p√©tillante” — “the bubbly” — is a water fountain installed in a wooden hut of the Jardin de Reuilly, in eastern Paris, that delivers sparkling water.

“We chill the water between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius,” said Philippe Burgui√®re, the spokesman for Eau de Paris, “and then we inject carbon dioxide into regular tap water to make the bubbles thin and tasty.”