When in Venice, Can the Water Bottles

Legendary city pleads with tourists to use public fountains
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 9:19 AM CDT
Heavy traffic in the Grand Canal, Venice. Tourists in the city are being asked to us the city's public fountains, not mineral water.    (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Faced with a mountain of discarded plastic bottles, Venice is asking 19 million tourists to quit drinking mineral water and use the city's 122 public fountains. Beginning Thursday, visitors to the Piazzale Roma will be handed reusable plastic bottles and a map showing fountains that city officials claim are "super safe," reports the Guardian.