California's Garden Water Fountains Analysis and Results

In February 2014, a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages was approved in Berkley, CA, making it the first city in the United States to create such a law. The objective is to get individuals drinking more water and other natural drinks by raising the price of soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks. Research was conducted to assure that citizens of all races and economic classes had access to thoroughly clean, working drinking fountains. y95301_close__60558.jpg Information on the city’s drinking water fountains were assembled using a GPS created specifically for the research. This information was cross-referenced with demographic data on race and income collected from the US Census Community Study database. By cross-referencing the water fountain locations with the demographic data, they were able to determine whether access to functioning fountains was class reliant. They were able to uncover the demographics of regions surrounding existing fountains, as well as the tidiness and maintenance of fountains across various neighborhoods. The fact that the fountains were operating was not a guarantee that they were well-maintained, since quite a few were in need of cleaning and repair.

The Origins Of Outdoor Fountains

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or jet high into the air. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to decorate their fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

Grow Your Business with a Water Element

Most customers think water fountains are a great addition to a business. Increasing traffic flow and differentiating yourself from the competitors are just some of the advantages of having a water fountain in your place of work. Such businesses as yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, and salons can financially profit from placing a water feature nearby. The right water fountain will add a relaxing energy to a business that attracts people who enjoy the outdoors. A water fountain in a bar or restaurant can be a good way to attract couples on a date.

The Benefits of Solar Garden Fountains

There are many different energy options you can use for your garden wall fountain. While electrical power has been used up to now to run them, there has been renewed interest in eco-friendly solar powered models. Even though initial costs may be higher, solar powered water fountains are the most economical going forward. Terra cotta, copper, porcelain, or bronze are the most prevalent materials chosen to build solar powered water fountains. You should be able to buy the right type of fountain to meet your decoration requirements. If you are looking to have your own garden hideaway, these kinds of fountains are ideal because they are easy to upkeep and also have a positive effect on the environment.

Beyond its visual charm, interior wall fountains can also help to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

An alternative to air conditioners and swamp coolers, they cool off your home by employing the same principles. You can reduce your power bill since they use less energy.

Fanning crisp, dry air across them is the most common method used to benefit from their cooling effect. Utilizing the ceiling fan or air from a corner of the room can help to optimize circulation. It is essential to ensure that air is consistently moving over the surface of the water. It is natural for fountains and waterfalls to produce cool, fresh air. The sudden chill we feel is typical when we come near a big public fountain or a waterfall. Be certain to position your fountain cooling system where it will not be subjected to extra heat. Your cooling system will be less effective if it is located in direct sunlight.

Introducing Stand-Alone Garden Water Fountains

People like self-contained fountains for their simple installation and lower price. All of the parts are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. A second meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which comes with its own a water source.

If you are shopping for an easy-to-install water fountain for a veranda or porch, a self-contained model is definitely for you. Their versatility is also an advantage, as they are very uncomplicated to move around.

Once you decide where you want to set upyour fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. Your water feature is now ready for setup and the addition of water.

The last thing left to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

Since it is stand-alone and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Though a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the center. There is a variety of materials that can be used to craft them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Ways Feng Shui Make Your Garden into Place to Relax

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not especially important when incorporating feng shui design to it. Of course, a huge area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first.

Before getting underway, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the optimal spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about incorporating a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).


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