Pets and Fountains

Keeping Your Outdoor Garden Fountain Clean

Keeping Outdoor Garden Fountain Clean 306437377346.jpg Keeping Your Outdoor Garden Fountain Clean It is essential to carefully maintain water fountains for them to work properly. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is essential to keep yours free from such debris. On top of that, algae can be a challenge, because sun hitting the water permits it to form easily. To stay clear of this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add right into the water. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should undergo a decent cleaning. Before you can start washing it you must empty out all of the water. When it is empty, clean inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser. If there are any little grooves, grab a toothbrush to reach every spot. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the interior of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

It is highly recommended taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and remove any plankton or calcium. To make it less difficult, soak it in vinegar for a while before cleaning. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain ingredients that will accumulate inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally. If the water level drops below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

Water Delivery Strategies in Early Rome

Water Delivery Strategies in Early Rome Rome’s 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, citizens living at higher elevations had to rely on local creeks for their water. Over this period, there were only two other systems capable of providing water to elevated areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater.Water Delivery Strategies Early Rome 221761557951091545.jpg From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill through the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. The aqueduct’s channel was made reachable by pozzi, or manholes, that were situated along its length when it was first developed. The manholes made it easier to clean the channel, but it was also possible to use buckets to pull water from the aqueduct, as we viewed with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he bought the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he passed away. It seems that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t adequate to meet his needs. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran beneath his property.

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