Remember the days when you could get a drink from a water fountain–in the park, or on a street corner or at the library? Now they all seem to have disappeared: is it vandalism? health and safety? cut-backs? Well one water fountain has come back: just opened in Hyde Park, it’s the first in the park for 30 years. Funded by a private developer, it’s already a hit with children who think it is a huge novelty.
And in another strike against bottled water, a private water company is going to install water machines in some public places. Thirsty people will be able to fill their own container with water for 20 pence (¢30) or buy a reusable bottle on the spot.