Water flows from Janesville park fountain after long hiatus

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – A small fountain that usually doesn’t operate in a Janesville park is running again after being mostly dry since the 1990s.

The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/2f7eFsY ) reports the fountain in Riverside Park has provided water for the past few weeks. It’s not gushing, but the well, which was drilled as a park amenity and public water source in the late 1930s, has water freely flowing.

The fountain operates on its own because the 1,000-foot-deep aquifer that powers the well has no pump.

Janesville parks director Cullen Slapak says the fountain’s operation is unpredictable. He says it won’t run if there isn’t enough pressure to force the groundwater out of the well’s pipe.

The Friends of Riverside Park officials say they’ve had on-and-off discussions about restoring the fountain for the past decade, but that other projects needed immediate attention.

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Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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