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Forty-odd years ago when I first went to Paris, I wouldn’t even think of drinking water from the tap.


One look at the murky Seine river with centuries of pollutants was enough for me to do what Parisians do, buy bottled water instead, using it even to brush my teeth.


In restaurants as well, bottled water was the norm, and back then I was a little taken aback when sitting down for a meal I was asked if I wanted;


“Gas or no gas?”


It took me a second to realize they were, fortunately, talking about water.


Carbonated, sparkling water.


Perrier, Vichy, Badoit, Evian, Vittle, Volvic.  Like wine, the French take their water seriously.



Fizzy Fountains

So I was super surprised to learn only recently that some time ago, the publicly owned water utility Eau de Paris began installing a limited number of fontaines pétillantes|sparkling water fountains around Paris. 


I discovered this watching the Netflix documentary Series, Down To Earth, with American actor Zac Efron.  (Really good!)


In the second episode, I learned that since 2010 regular tap water in Paris is more than safe to drink. It now comes mainly from aquifers and is strictly controlled for toxins and treated for pathogens, making it among the highest quality in Europe.



Many of the famous Wallace fountains offer high-quality drinkable water.



This drinkable water|l’eau potable is now available at more than 1000 fountains in Paris, some of the most beautiful in the world.


But they have also installed new public fountains in all 20 arrondissements that serve up the fizz that Parisians crave.




Filling up on the wine of water!


These fountains have CO2 carbonators built into their bases to create refreshing sparkling water from tap water chilled to a crisp 7 degrees Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit).


Not a new idea. The Italians were the first to adopt it.


BUT how did I not know this?

Note: Since COVID, sanitation facilities have been added to ensure safe use. Thanks to Cynthia Coutu for sending this picture!


Champagne or Sparkling Wine Anyone?


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  1. Shardie Stevenson on November 8, 2020 at 8:16 am

    It’s so amazing that we didn’t see these additions to the beautiful Wallace water when we were walking around Paris two years ago! Who knew???!! I love Gaz! 🍾🥂

    • Diana Bishop on November 8, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      I know eh? They are probably right in front of us and we were not paying attention, or trying to be very Parisian and not carry around a water bottle!
      Thanks for the comment, Shardie.

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on November 8, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Three Cheers for BUBBLY – whether it be Champagne or Water!!!

    • Diana Bishop on November 8, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Ha ha.. good one Gretchen. I am with you! Best to you, Diana

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