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WASTE WATCH: City Spends More Than $160K on New Water Fountains

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - New details tonight in a Metro Nashville project to build 30 water fountains. The project will cost taxpayers upwards of $160,000. We waited by a fountain in downtown's Public Square for 3 hours. In that time only one person took a drink, leading some to question why Metro is spending all that money. A contractor is putting the finishing touches on a3 in 1 water fountain in downtown's Public Square. Is it worth the expense? Olivia Smith Scott thought it was even less smart after we had her guess how much the fountains cost.

To be precise, the Mayor's office says each fountain costs $5426, including 3 years of maintenance. In addition to the one there, 2 others in East Nashville are already up. Plans are for 30 fountains in all, totaling more than $162,000. A price tag that big begs the question: What exactly does the city see in these fountains? The mayor wasn't available for an interview, but in a press release he says "Water is a healthy alternative, which is important as we strive to be a healthier city".

Mayor Dean also says refilling bottles will cut down on trash. G. Scott Corey of Signs First, the company charged with labeling the fountains, says projects like these energize local businesses. A spokesperson in the Mayor's office tells us all but 6 of the fountains will be in place by the end of this year. You can check out all of our WASTE WATCH stories and share your own ideas at Fox17.com. Just CLICK HERE.

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