For The Love Of Fountains

Hear about the history, present, and awesome future of drinking fountains.

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"Respect The Fountain" event at Washington Square Park.
Photo:Courtesy of Scott Francisco, Pilot-Projects.org
"Respect The Fountain" event at Washington Square Park.
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"Respect The Fountain" event at Washington Square Park.
Photo:Courtesy of Scott Francisco, Pilot-Projects.org
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For The Love Of Fountains

 

Drinking fountains are such a great answer to everything.
 
Mayor Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to cut back on sugar drinks.
Drinking fountains.
 
Too many bottles in the solid waste stream?
Drinking fountains.
 
Water bottles that may leach chemicals into the water? 
Drinking fountains.
 
And yet, drinking fountains have to fight for their very existence. They are left out of development plans because they have no obvious constituency. 
 
And they just seem to be the second or third choice of everybody, out of some kind of residual sense that they're germy. Today, we're geeking out about drinking fountains, starting with a recent battle right here in Connecticut about whether they need to be in state-licensed rest stops. We'll also look at cities where they're taken more seriously.
 
Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us@wnprcolin.

  

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EMAIL FROM PETER:

On the Today show on NBC this morning, on the Health segment, Al Roker
and his guest listed the top things you can do to keep your kids
healthy at school. #1: Don't let them drink from the drinking
fountain!

Oh no! Another blow to fountain lovers everywhere!

Never knew how strongly I felt about drinking fountains until your
show last week - keep up the great work!

EMAIL FROM JULIE:

Are you talking about a bubblah?

That's what we called them in the Boston area when I was a kid.

Love the show

EMAIL FROM THOMAS:

Not only is public water held to a higher standard than bottled waters but public tap water does not have the disastrous environmental impacts of plastics water bottles.

UConn has installed a few high-tech water fountains with a vertical faucet built in. They're also giving all students reusable bottles. The fountains have a built in filter and a counter that displays how much plastic bottle waste has been prevented.
They look like this, but I'm not sure how much help that is for radio.
http://elkaycomezh2o.msipressroom.com/ekit/photo/high/EZH2O-Girl_Bottle-...

Thanks again for doing a service to Connecticut by discussing issues that matter.

EMAIL FROM JIM:

It's not just CT - I was in Maine two weeks ago and stopped at a highway rest area. Passed the vending machine stocked with Poland Springs water (native to Maine) and found no fountains in the building and a sign over each sink in the restroom declaring "Not Potable Water".

Bureaucrats are the same everywhere.

EMAIL FROM JON:

Why are there no water fountains in the reservoir??????

EMAIL FROM DENNIS:

Colin!!

At several points in the "fountain show" you made the point about "nothing being wrong" with municipal water.

Arghhhh.... I am sure the MDC area water complies with standards but that doesn't mean there is nothing "wrong" it.

I support the idea of the fountains in the rest stops and I am glad Mr. Collins facilitated the awareness and change.

But here interestingly enough is a link to an article I read Saturday in regards to the "wrongness" that exists in municipal water systems.

http://www.naturalnews.com/037205_water_toxins_arsenic.html