Water Features
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When and Where Did Water Fountains Originate?

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek documents into Latin. It was imperative for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope instigated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, a grandiose commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space previously filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by the Pope. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.Keeping Wall fountain Clean 057862912369871468.jpg

Keeping Your Wall fountain Clean

It is vital to carefully maintain water fountains for them to work optimally. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outside fountains, so keeping it clean is essential. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun combines with still water, algae can form. To prevent this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add directly into the water. There are those who like to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scrubbing every 3-4 months. Before cleaning, all of the water must be eliminated. When it is empty, clean inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser. A helpful tip is to use a toothbrush if there are small hard-to-reach spots. Do not leave any soap residue inside or on the fountain.

It is highly suggested taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and eliminate any plankton or calcium. Soaking it in vinegar for a bit will make it easier to wash. Build-up can be a big hassle, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to reduce this dilemma.

One final trick for keeping your fountain in top working order is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can harm the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!