Would you use a public water fountain?

8/5/2010:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]

Even in the case of a hydration emergency?

Back when I was a “yoot” – I never thought twice about using a public water fountain. Was never believed to be dangerous, gross or unsanitary.

However, I cannot recall the last time myself, or anyone else I know has had the kahunas to touch one of these things, let alone drink out of them. To me, it’s the equivalent of making out (exchanging spit) with all previous users of the fountain (gag.)

But with today’s hellish humidity – what if you had no other choice? All stores that sold cold beverages were either closed, or sold out for some strange reason?

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21 Comments on "Would you use a public water fountain?"

bradykp
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bradykp

yeah those collapsable cups are good for a kid who doesn’t know not to put their mouth on the fountain.

i find it funny so many won’t drink from a water fountain, but everyone will drink water from a plastic bottle. look up some information on the bottling facilities. there’s actually a really good book about plastic water bottles that came out not too long ago. can’t recall the title though…

escaped68
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I’m far from being anywhere near being fussy but one time I saw some homeless guy washing his feet in a water fountain and that was it. Everytime I see a water fountain I have this vision of dirty stinky feet and I would rather have cotton balls in my mouth before I would drink out of a fountain.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

I steer clear of Hoboken for my runs. Weehawken has the properly equiped bathrooms, water fountains and parks. How I long for Hoboken to have great planners and backing that Weehawken has. But then again Weehawken is noit all about special interest so they stand a better chance of quality of life.

Journey
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Journey

My toddler does not drink from fountains yet because she has not demonstrated having the skills to do it without getting her mouth all over it.

Journey
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Journey

Some parents instill in their children irrational fears. I can’t count how many of my campers were afraid of daddy-long-legs back in my camp counciling days. I tried to teach them that they were not spiders and even if they were spiders are great at camp because the eat mosquitoes.

There is nothing wrong with taking common sense precautions, if the fountain looks/smells a bit iffy, use another one. We tell our toddler not to eat food that has fallen on the floor (floorfood) and to wash her hands at the appropriate times but I’m not constantly purelling her hands.

It does gross me out when children drink the water in the play fountains, as it is not drinking water and I believe it is just recycled so the water coming out of the fountain is the same water that they were playing in (and I’ve seen children playing the fountain in regular diaper, not swim diapers).

The Professor
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The Professor

True. A lot of fears are irrational, probably including the disinclination to use a public water fountain. Parents may contribute, and other times we learn from exeperience. When I was a kid I took a ride down a curved slide only to splash through a pool of piss (and guess what else?) in the bucket-like end of the slide. That sort of makes think twice about all fixtures in public places. It’s not really the fountain itself or how many people use it, it’s about what we don’t know.[quote comment=”195670″]Some parents instill in their children irrational fears. I can’t count how many of my campers were afraid of daddy-long-legs back in my camp counciling days. I tried to teach them that they were not spiders and even if they were spiders are great at camp because the eat mosquitoes.There is nothing wrong with taking common sense precautions, if the fountain looks/smells a bit iffy, use another one. We tell our toddler not to eat food that has fallen on the floor (floorfood) and to wash her hands at the appropriate times but I’m not constantly purelling her hands.It does gross me out when children drink the water in the play fountains, as it is not drinking water and I believe it is just recycled so the water coming out of the fountain is the same water that they were playing in (and I’ve seen children playing the fountain in regular diaper, not swim diapers).[/quote]

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