Hosepipe ban blamed as Welwyn Garden City Coronation Fountain breaks down
PUBLISHED: 06:23 07 August 2012
WGC’S iconic Coronation Fountain has broken down - because of the three months it was switched off during the hosepipe ban.
The fountain in Parkway was out of action between April and July because of Veolia Water’s temporary use ban.
But although the ban was lifted almost a month ago, the pumps have now failed – and will cost more than £1,000 to fix.
A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: “The main fountain pumps have failed.
“The faults appear to have been caused because of the long period they had to be switched off during the water ban.
“Work to fix this takes place this week.
“The cost for refurbishing the pumps is in the region of £1,000 plus installation.”
The fountain was not completely dry during the hosepipe ban.
It was turned on to celebrate both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Torch Relay, after Welwyn Hatfield Council paid for water to be brought in from an alternative source.
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