Choosing the Right Drinking Fountain for Landscaping
As construction contractor, you have your work cut out for you when dealing with picky clients who want an outdoor drinking water fountain. There are so many factors you have to consider, including where to place it and who will use it. To top it off, you have to get everything right before installing one, as the process take a lot of time and effort.
If you want to choose the right drinking fountain for the job, you should consider these tips.
Who is going to use the fountain?
First and foremost, you should establish who is going to use the feature. This helps you decide on the dimensions. For example, primary school children are smaller than adults, and won’t be able to reach tall drinking units. As such, you should calculate the average height of students at the school and pick a fountain that is easily accessible. Failure to do so may not only result in a disgruntled client, but less children using the unit, making the installation pointless.
How many people will use the drinking fountain?
Depending on how many people use the drinking unit, its water flow per hour will be affected to varying degrees. If you’re not too sure what water flow per hour is, it’s basically how much water a fountain can keep chilled every hour. However, that’s dependent on whether the unit has the feature. If it does, you should assess the level of pedestrian traffic around the area.
For example, fountains that are used regularly might need to have a water flow of up about 36 litres per hour or more.
You might also need to consider the fountain’s durability. This is because the more it’s used, the more it’s subject to wear and tear. What’s more, places with little to no traffic may also be vulnerable to vandalism, so you might also want to select a fountain that is robust.
What kind of theme are you going for?
While you might say otherwise, there’s no ugly drinking fountain – at least in our eyes there isn’t. There is, however, the wrong choice of fountain according to the overall design of the surrounds. Choosing to install a modern water feature in a vintage garden, for example, will make the unit stick out like a sore thumb.
As such, you need to choose a drinking fountain that will complement your desired design or existing surroundings. In some instances you might need a custom drinking fountain.