By the beautiful fountain

The Petite-Halle fountain was built in 1710 opposite the abbey of Saint-Antoine des Champs, later to become Saint-Antoine Hospital. The two buildings have been on the list of heritage buildings since 1962. Drinking water runs from a bronze mascaron in the form of a man's face. This cool, clean water is delivered free of charge throughout Paris by the Eau de Paris municipal utility. It is closely monitored, with no less than one million tests carried out on it each year, and analysed for 56 different drinkability criteria. Paris has one of the best drinking waters in terms of quality, produced by a network which guarantees the lowest possible leakage levels (92% supply guaranteed).
Paris water comes from underground water (springs) and surface water (rivers). In this neighbourhood, it is water from the Loing and Voulzie springs which flows from the taps, after being treated. Place Mireille Havet, where the fountain is located, has a narrow central reservation, which will soon be redeveloped following the Parisians' vote in the 2015 Participatory Budget, in order to provide better conditions for pedestrians.

In the flower bed next to the fountain, the varieties of evergreen plants have been chosen for the colour and texture of their foliage, in order to create a beautiful verdant screen all year round. The olive green and creamy beige foliage of the variegated pittosporum (Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum'), contrasts with the light green, feathery needles of the Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Viridis') and with the compact, upright silhouette of the Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). The ecological advantages of this type of evergreen hedge are the variety of food sources and the abundance of cosy hiding places which they offer small insects and birds all year round. These small islands of greenery are part of the capital's green network, facilitating the movement of wild fauna and flora, something which is monitored by Paris' Biodiversity Action Plan.

Car sharing

There are 3,400 Autolib' electric cars now available for sharing throughout the metropolitan area. They are available for short-term hire without any obligation to return them to the same point of departure. This mode of transportation is silent, practical, economical and free of direct emissions (no micro-particles or exhaust gases).
These 3,400 vehicles provided for hire in Paris and its region represent an estimated reduction in the pool of privately owned automobiles of 22,500 vehicles, or the equivalent of 164,500,000 km/year, equivalent to over 4,000 round-the-world trips, which will not be driven by more polluting vehicles. It also provides an alternative to the private car, which generates less pollution and stress.

A sturdy variety

The large Japanese pagoda trees (Styphnolobium japonicum) in the small square in front of the Saint Antoine Hospital provide refreshing shade and limit the heat island effect throught the transpiration of their foliage in summer. The first Japanese pagoda plant was sent from China to the current Jardin des Plantes in 1747, by Jesuit Father Pierre Nicolas Le Chéron d'Incarville (1706-1757), an enthusiastic botanist, who was responsible for introducing several ornamental varieties to France which are now common in green spaces around the City. (golden rain tree, ailanthus and cedrela). The Japanese pagoda tree is a variety which is very well suited to the city and to today's climate change. It withstands low temperatures and tolerates heat, drought and atmospheric pollution !

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