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web190319 - Our Beloved Fountain: Making Water Features Sustainable - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
02:00pm - 03:00pm Eastern - March 19, 2019
Credits Available: 1.00 PDH  |  1.00 HSW

Fountains are beloved features in many public places and contribute to quality of life while adding environmental benefits, particularly during hot summer months. However, many parks departments and commissioning bodies shy away from installing them due to the perceived high cost of installation and ongoing maintenance. Some recurring questions neighborhoods may face are whether alternative funding models can keep the water flowing if a city or town won’t perform regular upkeep. What are the impacts of a dormant fountain? What are the environmental effects, both positive and negative? We will explore these questions, explain the typical pool, pass through and recirculating systems, and share insights on sustainable best practices.

Hosted by the ASLA Water Conservation Professional Practice Network

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the social value of fountains and water features while balancing the economic and environmental costs of designing and maintaining them in the context of sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).
  • Familiarize oneself with the basics of water feature layout and design to understand the requirements of equipment maintenance and minimize water waste.
  • Provide some examples of converting non-sustainable water features into sustainable ones through recirculation, filtration, and active management.

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