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 Modern Water Fountains And Public Policy

Modern Water Fountains And Public Policy

The first implementation of a soda tax in the US came in February 2014, when it was passed by the city of Berkley, California. win930__22223.jpg The tax is supposed to lessen sugary drink intake and increase the consumption of healthier drinks, including water from fountains. Attempts were made to find out the status of local drinking water fountains in both high- and low-income neighborhoods. Information on the city’s drinking water fountains were pulled together using a GPS created exclusively for the research. Demographic data on race and income was then assembled using the US Census database. Evaluations were made amongst the location and demographic data, showing whether class differences affected access to clean, working water fountains. They were able to uncover the demographics of areas surrounding existing fountains, as well as the cleanliness and maintenance of fountains across assorted communities. The fact that the fountains were functioning was not a guarantee that they were well-maintained, given that quite a few were in need of maintenance and repair.

The History of Outdoor Garden Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, governed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek documents into Latin. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a damaged aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was restored starting in 1453. The ancient Roman custom of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the point where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area formerly filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. Adjustments and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Can Outdoor Garden Fountains Help Purify The Air?

You can animate your living area by installing an indoor wall fountain. Putting in this sort of indoor feature positively affects your senses and your general health. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this idea. Modern-day appliances create positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features.

Favorable changes to both your mental and physical well-being take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. A rise in serotonin levels is experienced by those who have one of these water features making them more alert, serene and lively. Indoor wall fountains {generate negative ions which serve to elevate your mood and eliminate air pollutants. Water features also help in eliminating allergens, pollutants among other sorts of irritants. And lastly, dust contaminants and microbes in the air are removed and lead to improved health.

Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or shoot high into the air. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks.

During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

Keep Your Wall fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform optimally. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outside fountains, so keeping it clean is important. Another factor is that water that is subjected to sunlight is vulnerable to growing algae. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue. There are those who choose to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every three-four months is ideal for garden fountains. Before you start cleaning, all of the water must be taken out. Then use a soft cloth and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. If there are any small grooves, use a toothbrush to get each and every spot. Make sure all the soap is totally rinsed off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and washing the inside thoroughly. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it alot easier to clean. If you want to remove build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water rather than tap water, as these don’t contain any components that will stick to the inside of the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain daily and add water if you see that the level is depleted. Permitting the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!