When we first took advantage of community water houses 8 months ago it was a novelty that soon wore off every time we needed to refill our supply of a dozen bottles. Yes the water was cheap at 5 euro cents/liter, but the location was out of the way, making weekly fill-ups a juggling act between errands and appointments.
Well the situation got better when our comune recently installed a water-dispensing kiosk, because now we pass it every time we go out. It’s smaller and of a different design but comes equipped with the latest technology. Whereas older models have separate dispensers for carbonated and non-carbonated water, this version can accomplish either with the push of a button. The amount and type of water is determined by each numerical key – tasto – which comes in handy if you need anywhere from 0.5 to 2 liters. Another update on the technology is the magnetic stripe card that replaces a key (implemented in other models). The comune sent out tessera cards to each household, and every card came with a complimentary 10-liter credit. I love this feature as now you can recharge the tessera with both bills and coins for as much as you want – just don’t forget it when you’re done fillin’ up.