Roadside Water Fountains: a photo essay

The Turks take their drinking water seriously. We come across a water fountain about every 10 km along our way. Good water sources often are busy with people filling large bottles for home use. We’ve made frequent use of them and enjoyed noticing the wide variety of forms.

Margo washing the sweat from her face at the basic model fountain.
This one provides refrigerated water miles from anywhere.
Who pays for the electricity?
A busy 3 spouts – at least 5 km from the nearest town.
The two-sided urban model with cup (soap also available on the other side).


4 responses to “Roadside Water Fountains: a photo essay

  1. Hello, O'Tags, I made the huge mistake of not following your trip for many months – missed that part of Xinjiang province that I visited in the 80's,during the months you were there. Turkey looks and sounds marvellous. All the best, Suzanne P

  2. Hello, again, M and C, have now read your blog for march to may. it brought back memories! I did much of your 6 week route by a 3 day train trip (hard sleeper, an experience in itself), but recognize all that loess, the houses in caves (which you pictured but did not commnet on), and the wonderful Uygar food. By that time, after 2 months in China, we were pining for bread, and loved the stews, too. You mention Pepsi, coffee, milk! That stuff was unheard of – I carried inst. coffee and carefully meted out the nestle powdered milk that I had triumphantly discovered in a foreigners store in Beijing. And you mention cars! In Chengdu!
    We went to the same rather good museum you went to in Urumchi. In fact, we went by bus, on a snowy blistery day. We had come across a city map, all in characters, of course, and got a local to circle the museum. We then bravely forced ourselves onto the always jammed bus and pointed to the spot to the conductor, making motions to ask her to tell us when to get off. To our amazement, she said, in perfect English – “Oh, you want to go to the museum – an excellent choice! You must be sure to see the…whatever” Yup, a lady with perfect English workin as a bus conductor. In Urumchi, nearly a kind of banishment for Hans then. On the other hand, we had gone to CITS earlier in the day, but no one spoke English there, it seemed – it was a bit hard to be sure, as they were pretty busy having tea at their comfy desks, periodically intoning “mei you, mei you” when we made inquiries. By the way, I still have my fur-rimmed sheepskin-lined Uygar hat, and wear it on especially cold days. Pax, Suzanne P

  3. Is it possible that the cold water is not refrigerated, but rather is just cold from being underground? I think the normal temperature deep down is 50 to 55 F (10-13C). That would feel pretty cold on a hot day.

  4. Matthew,

    You are correct the underground water, which is the source of many of these outlets is naturally cool. But we have seen several outlets where cooling by refrigeration is provided… I assume because the water in these locations is not naturally cool. It looks refrigerated because electrical power is coming to these outlets… and the standard household cooling unit (we use in many Canadian kitchens) is supplying the water… sometimes one tap (blue) cooled the other (red) not.

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