Fountain to get a facelift

2019-08-20 06:01
Plans to refurbish and redesign the Adderley Street Fountain are in the pipeline to restore this icon to its former glory. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

Plans to refurbish and redesign the Adderley Street Fountain are in the pipeline to restore this icon to its former glory. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

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The historic Adderley Street Fountain will be restored after being out of commission for the past two years as a result of the severe drought.

The fountain, located a few metres from the Civic Centre, the train station, taxi rank and other amenities, has been in operation for more than 50 years.

It recently lost its lustre when the City could no longer supply it with water.

Dave Bryant, councillor for ward 115, says the City has plans in place to ensure the fountain remains in working order, even under unpredictable weather conditions, to preserve the city’s heritage.

Bryant says the fountain will no longer be supplied with municipal water, but with groundwater sourced from the central business district (CBD) area.

“During the (Level 6) water restrictions, all fountains were switched off and people started vandalising them,” Bryant says.

He adds that members of the public used it for skateboarding, people slept there and other ill activities happened at the fountain, which left it in bad repair.

“Hopefully, using water from underground streams beneath Adderley Street, it will be more sustainable,” Bryant says.

He says this water source was recently discovered by experts and plans are underway to restore the fountain.

Bryant says in January this year he put forward a motion to subcouncil 16 to submit a plan to refurbish the fountain. A complete redesign is now being considered.

He says a few designs have been submitted, but that it will be up to the public to decide on the most appealing one.

Bryant says, unlike its neighbour X the Thomas Lightfoot Fountain designed to honour a veteran X the Adderley Street fountain was purely an architectural design aimed at beautifying the city and attracting visitors.

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