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Water fountains, the historic underrated public infrastructure of fortune throughout the world benefiting the masses in a myriad of ways. Drinking water fountains provide free public access to what is typically high quality and safe potable water. Improving public health through the broad access of affordable drinking water; to reducing the environmental and economic burdens of bottled drinks. They serve as the superior environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to bottled water and accommodate a wide array of users, including children, commuters, runners, the homeless, and tourists, as well as pets.

In the past few decades, however, they have been disappearing from public spaces for a number of reasons. Including the craze of commercial bottled water, decreased public investment in urban infrastructure, concern over the health risks of fountains, and an aloofness toward public water systems. The Environmental Protection Agency has tried to reverse this movement against drinking fountains. They argue that we should embrace drinking fountains as the more sustainable, economic alternative.

From French cyclists partaking in free drinking water from a fountain that was built in Paris in 1930 (above), to children in 2009 using a new public drinking fountain in London (below). Water fountains have brought extreme welfare and a cure for thirst to the world that is essential to continue with our advanced technology and growing population. Let's make this world environmentally optimal with water fountain philanthropy. Water Fountain Fantastic!

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