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Behind The Scenes Of The New Fountain At Point State Park

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(Source: KDKA-TV) Ken Rice
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After four years, and a multi-million dollar refurbishing, they’re turning the fountain back on at Point State Park.

You’ve probably seen the little building, on the Mon side of the fountain, just set back a little bit.

KDKA’s Ken Rice got park ranger Matt Greene to open it up for him, and give him a tour.

KDKA’s Ken Rice Reports:

Inside we find pumps, and a lot of them, and some really powerful plumbing.

The plumbing handles 700,000 gallons of water in the fountain system, drawn largely from an underground stream.

Greene says the majority of the fountain has been automated.

“It’s just a touch keypad, touch it and it comes on.”

While the building is not new, the upstairs is.

They’ve got all the electrical gear up there, to protect it from flooding.

They even have a wind-speed indicator. It automatically shrinks the fountain as it gets windier, to reduce splashing and water loss.

“It doesn’t take long to lose a couple thousand gallons of water,” Greene says.

Fountain Turned Back On:

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