Fountains: Beautiful, but Not Always Safe to Drink from

The sparkling streams from fountains can seem very tempting when the temperature is approaching 40 degrees centigrade. Having a refreshing sip or simply splashing your face can seem a good idea. We’d wager every time that it isn’t.

Usually, water in large city fountains is reused day after day, and is replaced only once in a while. Just imagine what this water might contain! It is almost certain to make you ill after just one sip. This water is for looking at, and most definitely not for drinking.

Drinking fountains are quite common too. In Venice they help solve the problems created by disposable plastic bottles being thrown away by tourists. Instead, they all receive reusable bottles that can easily be refilled at local drinking fountains. A map with all 122 approved refill spots is also supplied. Other Italian cities are now adopting this experience as well.

In fact, there are some large fountains consisting of drinking water which is completely safe and even good for you. However, these are not man-made fountains, but fountains from natural sources, like the Vřidlo geyser in Carlsbad (Czech Republic). This geyser is 12 meters high, and the water source is 2,000 meters below the ground. Still it is not the most powerful mineral water fountain in Europe: That is the Muraviov fountain in Staraya Russa, a small town near St. Petersburg, Russia, which emits 70 liters of mineral water per second!

There are no such great springs in the British Isles, but there is a fountain that the whole nation can be proud of. Drinking from it is safe – as long as you don’t overindulge: the fountain consists of red or white wine. A jet of rosé is to be installed soon, too. This magical fountain is situated in Hampton court, as a reminder of the opulence of  King Henry VIII era. Back in those days a wine tasting was a privilege reserved for the King’s friends and guests, but now any tourist can indulge.

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