The specially-designed fire hydrant drinking fountains installed with much fanfare in the Plateau Mont Royal district earlier this month have been removed.
The circular "Borneo" fountains purchased at a cost of $5000 did not win the favour of the Montreal Fire Department.
The Fire Department says it gave the fountains conditional approval for a trial run but decided to withdraw its support of the pilot project when it saw the devices in action.
It says it is now evaluating some alternatives and will have a recommendation for the borough by Friday.
Some Plateau residents complained about the two circular pipes constantly leaking water. Others complained that due to their size, the fountains posed a hazard to cyclists.