Fountains: Furry Friends, Flying Friends and You

brk-303-1__85451.jpg Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. All birds need somewhere to drink, bathe and preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers favor the movement of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Birds are often drawn to outdoor fountains because of their flowing water rather than the standing water found in bowl-shaped bird baths. Trickling fountains that splash around are audible from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains mainly because they provide another source of water. During the sweltering summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for fresh water. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly streaming water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly serviced because they easily collect debris.

Enrich Your Office Space Setting with a Garden Fountain

Build business results with a garden fountain. An attractive feature such as this will make customers feel welcome to your workplace. Commercial areas, as opposed to home settings, need to have outdoor fountains that make the place feel inviting and leave a positive impression on guests and employees.

Any growing firm knows the importance of encouraging new business by leaving a lasting impression on new clients. Garden water fountains, attractive plants, and other elements, will add a bit of nature even in limited spaces. Other places of business are lucky enough to have the area to create a much bigger garden display.

However, there are countless office spaces that must settle on much smaller areas.

In the end, the key goal is to design an environment that attracts new interest in your business. Your garden fountain will act much like a welcoming embrace to new clients thinking about working with your company.

Eco-Friendly Fountains: Good for the Environment

Have you always wanted to prettify the look of your house? Well, you can add that extra touch and augment the price of your home just by adding a solar run water fountain. They are the same as electric fountains in that they help with one's overall health but they also offer monetary benefits. While you may spend a little more upfront, the savings that you make in the long-run are worth it. Because your fountain will not be fueled by electrical energy, there will be no need to be concerned about any power outages.

Running water fountains means that your use of electricity will go up and thus your monthly bill. The short-term perks may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased worth of your home will be later on.

The issue with using more electricity is not only about our electric bills, the impact on the environment is considerable. The only source of energy used by solar powered water features is the sun making them a “green” alternative. Using solar energy to run a water feature is not only favorable to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

This sort of water fountain doesn't need as much maintenance as others.

These water features need less cleaning than other kinds. Clogs are avoided since there is no motor - which leads to less cleaning. And less cleaning equals more time to play!

Understanding Stand-Alone Fountains

Self-contained fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and adaptability. All of the parts are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Another name for a fountain having its own water source is referred to as “self-contained”.

Self-contained fountains are simple to install making them ideal for anyone looking for a patio fountain. They are easily transportable too in case you later choose to move it somewhere else.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the surface is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The next step is to put your water feature in place and add some water. It is finally time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not require an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is ideal. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and put them right in the middle, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. A number of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Explore the World’s Most Impressive Water Works

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. The fountain shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).


Creators of the First Fountains
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Acqua Vergine: The Remedy to Rome's Water Troubles
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The Early, Largely Ignored, Water-Moving Alternative
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Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Clean
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Setting Up and Maintaining Outdoor Fountains
Replace and clean the water on a regular schedule. Debris such as branches, leaves or dirt should be cleared away quickly. Additonally, outdoor fountains should always be shielded... read more