The Benefits of a Water Element to Your Lifestyle

Having a fountain around can improve your day-to-day life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air. kay-37120__91277.jpg

You might not even be aware of the extent to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will enhance your life. It is most likely no coincidence that the human body is composed primarily of water, and that people are drawn to coastal cities. Water is vital for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a convenient and affordable way.

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a pretty outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your spot will be even more beautiful if you add an outdoor water element from the wide variety available. If you have a screened porch, give some thought to installing one there, or if not, then on the exterior wall above your patio. Turn your flower garden into an oasis of tranquility by adding a beautiful tiered model. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flowing of the water ensures that it stays clean and does not build up bacteria and algae. The mesmerizing sound of trickling water is the final touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.

Rome’s Early Water Delivery Systems

Rome’s first raised aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, residents living at higher elevations had to rely on local springs for their water. When aqueducts or springs weren’t accessible, people living at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made available by wells and cisterns. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early 16th century, they implemented the new method of redirecting the motion from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground network. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. The manholes made it easier to maintain the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to extract water from the aqueduct, as we observed with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he possessed the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died. The cistern he had constructed to obtain rainwater wasn’t sufficient to meet his water requirements. By using an opening to the aqueduct that ran under his property, he was able to satisfy his water demands.

How Many Styles of Backyard Water Fountains Are There?

Gardens are great places to take a break from the day-to-day drudgery and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be happy you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it.

The value of your home will go up with a lovely garden area, as it will maximize the “curb appeal” of the property. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; give some thought to adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some special statues.

The visual appeal of any garden can be tremendously improved by simply adding a water fountain. Where you once had a plain area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. The sounds of a water fountain make for a peaceful environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will invite. All eyes will now be focussed on the beautiful fountain.

A Wall Fountain to Fit Your Design

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. You can have one custom-built to fit your requirements even if you have a minimum amount of space. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are necessary for freestanding as well as mounted varieties. There are any variety of models to pick from such as traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

With its basin laid on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are normally quite big in size.

A wall-mounted water feature can either be integrated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This type of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it appear as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

The Wondrous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

The Plusses of Pondless Water Elements in your Backyard

There are two labels for this kind of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. It is referred to as “disappearing” since the water source is below ground. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out frequently, as they add so much to the surrounding area. It is not hard to find the style that is right for you, as there are so many to choose from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

There are many unique benefits to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. The water comes from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is reduced. This means that kids can safely be around it. Moreover, no water will evaporate since it is not subjected to the open air. Consequently, your fountain will not use as much water as other styles of fountains. The time needed on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water supply. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly any place you like.


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