Public fountains of Rome or never buy water again

Public fountains of Rome – whose first installations date back to 1874 – are records of the past, resisting through time. They are called “nasoni – big noses” (a popular name due to the similarity of the water tap with a big stylized nose) and there are 2,500 of these public fountains left, two hundred of which are located in the center of the city. At first, the tourists are kind of suspicious about the quality and the provenance of water, but as the temperatures begin to climb higher and higher, most of them will use these little life saviors to quench their thirst.
As a confirmation of the interest for the “nasoni” public fountains), the water supply company in Rome created an app containing a detailed map of the current position of the fountains.
The “nasoni” are made of cast iron (which makes them weigh about a hundred kilos each) and they are about one meter twenty centimeters tall. Some Italian foundries started to sell faithful reproductions of the “nasoni” that can be used in gardens and backyards.
The shape of the fountains remained basically unchanged since their first installation.
Water comes out in a continuous stream and, if not consumed, goes directly into the drainage system. In the past, this water waste has been harshly criticized by members of environmentalist associations that, at the beginning of the 80’s, convinced the water supply company to provide an experimental mechanism to activate or regulate the water flow. However, the initiative – that was subsequently blocked – was criticized by the population who, in the innovation, saw the end of a centennial tradition.
The “nasoni” also have a curious characteristic: some of them have, on their base, small containers to allow their use even by dogs and cats.