If you have been in downtown Russellville over the past few weeks, you may have noticed no water is coming from the beautiful fountain in Carico Square. Not to worry, the city’s mayor Mark Stratton and park’s director Kenny Gregory are on top of things, and hopefully the centerpiece of this great historic city will once again be flowing by Monday.
Mayor Stratton reported Tuesday extensive work has been done on the fountain for weeks. Last year the fountain suffered from massive leaks, only to find the same trouble this year when turning on the two tiered treasure.
“We’ve been working on the fountain for the past three weeks. Last year we were losing a lot of water from the fountain, this year we were losing much more,” said the mayor.
Several things have been done to the fountain to improve its condition. The city had it power washed and all the paint scraped off. They located one leak on the bottom and re-caulked and concreted it. The pump was also found to be cracked. The city installed a pressure control valve on the fountain to help keep the flow of the fountain consistent, keeping it from blowing out water haphazardly.
“We purchased a product that you spray on like a liner which will seal out water. It’s a rubber like material,” said mayor Stratton. “We should finished that up Friday and then will be putting two coats of epoxy pool paint on top of that. Probably by next Monday the fountain will be back up and running.”
The fountain is very old and the city encourages visitors of the park to not only enjoy it’s beauty, but respect it’s age and integrity. There is absolutely no wading allowed in the fountain, and the city asks that no one stand on it’s sides.