Fountain Hills just wouldn't be fountain hills without--The Fountain! The Fountain was once listed in Guinness World Records as the tallest fountain in the world, although that listing doesn't exist anymore and there may be taller fountains now.
Visitors come from all over to see the Fountain. Here are some facts about the famous Fountain Hills Fountain:
- The Fountain has been operational since 1970.
- When the fountain is operating, it has a column of water that can reach 562 feet in height.
- The Fountain is set in the middle of a 30 acre lake.
- What is the schedule for the fountain? It spurts a column of water for 15 minutes every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days per week.
- On windy days, the fountain may not be operating. If the wind reaches 10 MPH, the Fountain automatically turns itself off.
- On most days, the water from the Fountain only reaches a height of about 330 feet. That's because there are three pumps operating the Fountain. Usually, only two are in use, with one of them being a backup. When all three pumps are operating together, water stream can get as high as 560 feet.
- You won't hear the fountain when it is working--it's very quiet!
- Once a year, on St. Patrick's Day, the Town of Fountain Hills adds color -- green, of course -- to the water.