One hundred and fifty years ago this very day, London’s first free public water fountain that guaranteed clean drinking water was unveiled to much applause.

Somewhat less than 150 years ago, I wrote about it – so rather than recaping it all again, go here to read about it, and the charity which set up the fountain, and is still to this very day providing free clean water drinking supplies.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with: ,

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

  1. petoskystone says:

    how quickly people take safe drinking water for granted.

  2. Ironically, yesterday some awful organisation called the “Natural Hydration Council” had a full page spread in one of the free london giveaway papers. Purporting to be “an authoritative industry organisation dedicated to researching the science and communicating the facts about natural bottled water” they are, of course, merely a front set up by the likes of Evian, Highland Spring and Volvic to push their products. Their amusing “puff” includes humdingers like

    “Drinking water is the healthiest way to hydrate” [is there any other way to hydrate, we wonder?].

    “removing calories from what we drink might have more impact on weight loss than removing them from what we eat”, and

    [bottled water is] certainly not an alternative to tap water”.

    It also tries lamely to convince us that “bottled water has a lower carbon footprint than any other drink”.

    How bewildered the Victorians would have been by all this.

Home >> News >> History