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Tap water

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:56 am
by Stevenloan
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Hi everyone! Is there a term to call this whole public tap water thing, including the faucet and the cement part?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Tap water

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:37 am
by trolley
We call them "drinking fountains". I guess it's a sign of the times, but when I was a kid they were everywhere... in department stores, bus depots, random spots on the sidewalk downtown...

Re: Tap water

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:29 am
by Erik_Kowal
I remember drinking from those both at school and in some public places in Britain when I was a kid back in the 60s and 70s. Sometimes the taste of the metal (brass?) through which it had been piped was pretty noticeable, especially on a hot day (or so it seemed). I've noticed that many people of my generation retain a taste for heavy metal.

Nowadays these fountains seem to have disappeared from many outdoor locations, or have fallen into disuse. However, more recently I have still regularly seen them in airports, conference centres and the like -- in other words, in buildings that are heavily used.

They may also be termed drinking stations, water stations, and (in another sign of the times) water bottle and cup filling stations...

Re: Tap water

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:32 am
by Stevenloan
trolley and Erik : Thank you both so much for the terms. They are really useful. Have a good weekend.

StevenLoan

Re: Tap water

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:48 pm
by Bobinwales
This is a drinking fountain extremely to near where I live. It was installed as a memorial to an industrialist who was active in the area.
The water has been turned off now and it has been rededicated as a War Memorial (hence the poppy wreath).
The modern little boy is my grandson.
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Re: Tap water

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:40 am
by Stevenloan
Bob : Thanks so much for your input and the picture. Have a nice day.

StevenLoan