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    What is the described water outlet called?

    In highway rest areas or urban parks, there are purified water outlets for people to drink cold water free of charge. People press a button and cold water spills out like a parabola.

    Is there a special name for the device? Thank you.

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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    In highway rest areas or urban parks, there are purified water outlets for people to drink cold water free of charge. People press a button and cold water spills out like a parabola.

    Is there a special name for the device? Thank you.

    I think the word you are looking for is a water fountain or drinking fountain.
    Hope it helped.

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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    In most places in the US such a device would be called a "water fountain" or "drinking fountain." There are a few areas, however, that refer to it as a "bubbler." But even if you were visiting one of those "bubbler" regions the local folks would know what you meant if you asked for directions to a "drinking fountain."

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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    The type of facility which the water stored in a tank comes down through a lever tap instead of shooting upwards is called a water dispenser, as in coffee dispenser. You have to use a cup though.
    http://www.spritzer.com.my/main/services.htm


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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    Does 'a water outlet' work in making people understand it is intended to mean a drinking fountain?

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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Does 'a water outlet' work in making people understand it is intended to mean a drinking fountain?
    You see a tall box with a spout, a lever and a drainage outlet. How else do you use it? I don't think there is any 'instruction for use' or an identification tag to say 'drinking fountain'.

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    Re: What is the described water outlet called?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Does 'a water outlet' work in making people understand it is intended to mean a drinking fountain?
    Not to me- a water outlet doesn't sound like something to drink from.

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