August 13, 2022 | What a waste — of water and time8 Comments | Categorised in: Fountain News & Updates, Fountain Works
Friends and neighbors:
The Fountain at The Circle is a marvel, not just esthetically but mechanically. With a little routine maintenance — clearing it of leaves and other debris, cleaning the filters of the pumping system, checking the water chemistry — it flows and flows, recycling the same 5,000-plus gallons of water day after day.
Except, that is, when someone decides to throw soap into the fountain and fill it with foam. This has now happened twice in the past week. It might seem like a bit of harmless petty vandalism, but it has significant impacts: thousands of gallons of water tainted and wasted as it is drained away; hours of time required by community volunteers to clean up the mess and get the fountain running again; the shutdown of one of Berkeley’s most beloved landmarks for as long as that takes. It’s not harmless; it’s a selfish, wasteful and destructive act, especially during a time of serious drought.
We have taken steps to try to prevent this from occurring, including. limiting the hours the fountain is operating after dusk, but it seems that one or a few thoughtless individuals can’t always be dissuaded. It may be that we have to further limit the time the fountain is on after dark, which is when the vandalism usually occurs.
For now, our volunteers will be out cleaning up the mess left behind. The fountain will be refilled and flowing again soon. But it is our hope that calling attention to this wasteful act might convince the next would-be vandal(s) to think twice and not deprive the rest of us of a functioning fountain.
— Board of Directors, Friends of the Fountain and Walk« FOFW Featured in Local Magazine | Join our monthly work crew! »