Fisher Fountain running again after renovations and repairs
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After months of renovations and repairs, Hastings’ Fisher Fountain is finally reopened to the public.
People may not be able to actually see the half a million dollar upgrades because the engineer said he didn’t want to make too many changes to the historic outside. But on the inside, there has been a ton of electrical and mechanical work.
The fountain originally had one large pump which stopped working, but that has been upgraded and replaced with four new ones. This lets them better control the pressure of the water.
They also completely replaced the electrical work, adding new panels with LED lights in several different colors to make the nightly show a bit more exciting.
“A lot less power consumption, a lot more colors available to us and a lot more options for what we can do with the show long-term,” Mechanical Engineer Derek Pfeifer said. “So we put new panels in that would give us flexibility that you would have with a music show or a light show kind of thing.”
The fountain’s been around since the 1930′s, and Pfiefer said it was a great experience for him to get to work on it.
“It was actually really fun,” he said. “It’s one of those projects you just don’t get very often as an engineer. It’s something different, that nobody gets to do often. I was just really glad this was assigned to me and it’s just been a blast.”
Pfeifer said the amount of work that was done is expected to last the city for several decades to come.
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