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Historic water fountain at St Paul’s opens

THE first public drinking fountain certified in London in 30 years has opened in the City.

The fountain, located alongside St Paul’s Churchyard, was a hit with tourists over the scorching weekend.

The fountain, which could be the first of many across the City, is part of a proposed scheme to restore the historic drinking fountains in the Square Mile.

A City of London spokesman said: “The fountain is designed to refill water bottles and will provide a welcome facility in the summer months to workers, residents and visitors to the City.

“Depending on the success and use of the fountain it could lead to a roll out of similar drinking fountains across the City during 2011.”

It has been installed with the approval of Thames Water, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme and the Drinking Water Inspectorate and will be cleaned daily.