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This question deals with someone who has a cup of a drink and carries it around all day long, possibly refilling it, etc. I am wondering, for someone who drinks from a drinking fountain every time he walks by it, should he make a new bracha each time he drinks? Does it matter how much time goes by between episodes? What other considerations are there?

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I heard from a student of Rabbi Yisroel Labkowski (the Rabbi is word-for-word boki in Shulchan Aruch, you start reading anything, and he can finish it) that he said there are 5 reasons in halacha why you are not allowed to drink directly from a water fountain.

I don't remember all 5, but the one I do remember is that you have to see the item you are making a Bracha on, and the water you drink from a water fountain is not the water you see when you say the Bracha.

Assuming you avoid this, or your LOR tells you it is not a problem, the answer there would seem to apply equally to here.

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I don't know his other reasons, but that one is against an explicit Rabbeinu Yona. He says that you make a blessing on drinking water from a river, even though the water that you will drink is not necessarily in front of you when you make the blessing. (The fact that you can drink from a river is a gemara, Rabbeinu Yonah is just explaining that the blessing is not an issue) –  YEZ Jun 25 at 21:37
    
@YEZ, apparently others don't agree. Or I have a bad memory. –  Yishai Jun 25 at 21:38
    
Are you thinking of the Rama in YD 116:5 ,its a sakanna to drink from a tap –  sam Jun 25 at 21:42
    
I don't know who is going to disagree with the Gemara that you can drink from a river. Rabbeinu Yonah is just explicit that a blessing isn't the problem. Unless you have a distinction between the water not in front of you at a river vs. fountain. If anything, at least in the fountain you know which water you will be drinking (that closest to the spout) even if you can't see it. –  YEZ Jun 25 at 21:42

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