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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fountains

Our downtown has a outdoor water fountain, it has been there for as long as I can remember. The water flowing from it is the best tasting, coldest water I have ever tasted.

Our town is one of the last local municipalities that has one of these running fountains.

During the winter term at school, Emily had to write a letter to the mayor suggesting a possible change which could be made, that would benefit the town. She chose to write her letter with the suggestion of putting an on/off switch on the fountain, as a way to conserve water.

A couple of weeks ago she received a letter back from the mayor.

He explained that putting a switch would increase the odds of someone getting sick from drinking the water. The chlorine levels need to be kept constant and a switch would cause water to sit, and possibly not be chlorinated to the correct levels.

Because most towns have closed their outdoor fountains (we had a huge e-coli outbreak here in ON about 10 years ago, from drinking water) our fountain is something special. It is a landmark of our town and the business people want to keep it operating since it is an attraction.



We love our outdoor fountain. We watch for it to be turned on in the spring and feel sad when they turn it off in the fall. We take a refreshing drink every time we are downtown!

24 comments:

Janet said...

Oh isn't that interesting. I remember seeing something similar when we were in Belgium, but not as beautful looking! How nice of the mayor to reply to Emily's letter - I think that's really nice! Good idea, by the way, even if its not so practical. Clever girl to think of that!

Rob said...

That is awesome she wrote a letter to the mayor and actually got a response. Good for her. That is awesome you have a fountain because most I see they either do not work or the water is warm and taste disgusting.

Mighty M said...

My daughter is drawn to fountains like a magnet! Hope they keep it running for years to come!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Love that the mayor took the time to write! I love the look of fountains but I can never bring myself to drink out of one. Im a germ phobic when it comes to that stuff. lol

Courtney and the Boys said...

What a neat attraction! And great idea from your daughter to conserve water, and even more wonderful that the mayor wrote back with an explanation. :)

Mommy Mac said...

Love the shabby chic look of the fountain! That blue rocks.

Electric and happy.

So neat to find simple things around you to look forward to.

.mac :)

Me said...

That is the coolest thing I have ever seen!! Most unique. How neat..that the Mayor replied to you Emily!

Ter said...

that's great that the mayor replied back. You'll have to keep the letter in Emily's school memories.

Randi Troxell said...

i love that fountain and i bet that it makes your town even more of your town too!

Kristina P. said...

What a great idea though! That's neat that he wrote a letter back.

Ali said...

Oh how nice! I love fountains and wish we had more. I really can't picture any around here except for the one at the dog park =) That is great that that mayor wrote her back!

Anissa said...

My little girl loves fountains anywhere she sees one she has to try it -- like something different will come out! TFS

Never seen a fountains like that -- to cute!

Nancy said...

cool, ilike emili's idea even if it didnt get used. nice major to write back!

Nancy said...

oops imean emily! typos becuz i am treadmilling as i surf net

Upstatemomof3 said...

Wow!! I cannot remember the last time I saw a real drinking fountain. :) But my mom never let me drink out of them so now they give me the heebee geebees.

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cool he wrote back!

Vickie said...

Thanks for coming and checking my new blog design last week:)

I think that was very cool of the mayor to write her back. Your daughter had a good idea:)

Sue said...

Very cool Pam! I am learning so much about your area via your blog... stuff I would never know is hidden only a few short hours away ;-)

Sneaky Momma said...

What a beautiful fountain!
How nice of the Mayor to take the time to write your little girl back. Sounds like a town I'd love to live in. :)

Michaela said...

I love that fountain! It looks so different than any other I've ever seen. How great of the Mayor to write your daughter.
Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. =)

lagirl said...

That's really a neat fountain.
Kudo's to your daughter for writing to the Mayor. Perhaps she'll someday be President!!

Veronica Lee said...

That's a beautiful fountain. It looks like one of those Wedgewood ornaments in my mum's showcase!!

Gena said...

That fountain is pretty and has an interesting shape.

Megan said...

That's cool! And even more cool that Emily got a letter back from the mayor!