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Sidewalk Fountains

By: Tom Davis Category: Sidewalk Fountains

Fountain with Stone Urn--Preston at Main
Fountain with Stone Urn

Sidewalk fountains are challenging to design and build as well as to maintain. The pumps and chemical feed equipment with the controls must be in a vault under the sidewalk and someone plucking out the trash must be regularly patrolling the basin.

The vault has to be connected to the city water system and the electrical service. Then you have to connect the vault to the fountain.

Once you have that figured out then think about how the fountain is arranged as it will be a trap for all things in the street that blow around–trash, leaves, flyers from the bars, etc.

Because of the trash you know you will need grates over the water-return ports but be careful that the grates are made of something that is not re-sellable like brass.

You must have lights in the bottom under the water. Be sure the lights are made of material that is also not sellable and that cannot be removed easily. Yes, we have had then removed while underwater.

There were many lessons learned with this very nice addition to the sidewalk  and streetscape. Look at the other posts for our sidewalk fountains in downtown Houston.

The fountains and sidewalks were part of the Cotswold Program by the Houston Downtown Management District and the City of Houston. Maintenance of the fountains is provided by
the City of Houston’s Convention and Entertainment Department.

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