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Installing a Drinking Water Fountain

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If you feel like taking on a project that would not only give you something to do, but would also provide a service to the community, you might want to consider installing a drinking water fountain. On the other hand, you may simply want to install one for your garden, so there’s an immediate source of water when you’re hanging around outside, or for the kids to quench their thirst after intense playing. If you want your drinking water fountain to serve others as well, then you’ll have to place it on your front lawn, because you can’t do this kind of work without authorization from the city council. Garden fountains can be installed without receiving that authorization, so you can always start a small personal project and install one in your garden. It will not only make your garden look beautiful and romantic, it will also be a practical idea.

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Whatever your reasons, we are here to show you how to install a drinking water fountain in just a few steps; details like getting the materials, finding the water pipe and rigging it to the fountain are up to you, and may depend on where you live. When you choose your water fountain, try to imagine who will use it; if there are kids around, then you may want to purchase one with two faucets: a taller one for adults and a lower one for kids. Next, it is important to install the fountain near a source of fresh water. Check out the plans of your home and see where the water pipe is; placing the fountain near it also means you won’t have to do as much digging to connect the two.

If you suspect the water you will provide to the water fountain is not clean, then you may need to invest in drinking water filter systems, which remove contaminants from the water and reduce chlorine levels. There are several types of drinking water filter systems, but the most permanent solution is given by those which are installed directly on the pipe, and which only require filter replacements once or twice a year. Once you do this, both the drinking water fountain and your indoor faucets will provide clean, drinkable water. For more information on the best types of water filters, visit the www.myhomewaterfilter.com website, where you will find a lot of helpful reviews.

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As for rigging the fountain to the water supply, first you will have to install a shut-off valve that stops water from running, all while you take the fountain’s chiller unit and attach it to the supply. Once all the connections have been made, you have to flush the piping to make sure everything is cleaned and any smells removed; having made sure everything runs properly, you can proceed to finish installing the rest of the contraption. If you’ve chosen the type of drinking water fountain that is upright freestanding, then you need to fix it to the ground with bolts; this may be tricky if the fountain comes directly out of the ground, but you can add a bit of cement around it to further secure it, and then drill the bolts in as well.

Wall water fountains are easier to install, but you have to make sure you use the proper tools to avoid cracking the wall. Because this is a DIY project and you support all its costs, you should opt for the kind of drinking water fountain with a sealing faucet; that way, water will only be running when it is needed. Your project is done, and now all the children, joggers and thirsty passers-by will be grateful.