Where are the Planet's Biggest Water Showpieces?

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea. brk-306-2__48339.jpg

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

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

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

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

Everything You Will Require for a Garden Water Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. Set up your fountain in a place close to a water source as you will need to refill it. Transporting water is difficult and laborious. The simplest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby garden hose. A water fountain autofill is yet another option, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

The Last Addition to the Chatsworth Gardens: "Revelation" Fountain

The renowned British sculptor Angela Conner created the Chatsworth decorative exterior water feature called “Revelation.” The now deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire commissioned her, due to her work in brass and steel, to design a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth in celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds, had “Revelation” put up in 1999. Alternatively hiding and revealing a golden globe at the sculpture’s center, the steel fountain takes on the appearance of four large petals that open and close with the circulation of water. Standing five meters high and five meters wide, the globe was made from metal and then painted with gold dust. The flower petals move depending on the flow of water, making this installation an interesting addition to the Gardens of Chatsworth.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Garden Fountains

To ensure that water fountains last a while, it is important to practice regular maintenance. A typical concern with fountains is that they tend to gather dirt and debris, so it is essential that you keep it free from this. On top of that, algae can be a concern, as sun hitting the water allows it to form easily. In order to avoid this, there are some basic ingredients that can be poured into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. There are those who like to use bleach, but that is harmful to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should undergo a decent cleaning. The first task is to empty out all the water.

When it is empty, scrub inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser. If there are any small grooves, grab a toothbrush to get each and every spot. Any soap residue left on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Calcium and fresh water organisms can get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it quicker to clean. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain components that will collect inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking on it every day - this will keep it in tip-top shape. Allowing the water to reach below the pump’s intake level, can cause major damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area because it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s foundation began. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the consecration of the first stone.


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