How It Works: Centennial Fountain

UPDATE: We were at Little Lake on Friday, May 17th, when Centennial Fountain kicked on for the season. Daryl Stevenson, Supervisor of Wastewater Treatment at City of Peterborough, explained to us how it works. Watch this video below produced by StudioPTBO

ORIGINAL POST:

The iconic Centennial Fountain in Peterborough is a huge attraction for locals and tourists alike to view from many different vantage points around the city.

The fountain is the highest jet fountain in the country. Installed in 1967, the water shoots up 76m (250 feet).

Photo courtesy City of Peterborough

Photo courtesy City of Peterborough

The Centennial Fountain will turn on for the 2019 season at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17th.

Check out historical footage of construction of the fountain here.

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Centennial Fountain Opening For Season Delayed Until June 1st

Due to the high and fast waters in Little Lake, the City of Peterborough has been unable to complete the repairs necessary for the seasonal start of the Centennial Fountain.
 
The fountain is typically serviced in time to have it running by Victoria Day weekend. The City says that conditions throughout the month of May have made it unsafe to complete the work, therefore causing a delay.  


Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Centennial Fountain will be up and running for June 1st.

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Check Out This Great Video Of Centennial Fountain On Little Lake

We're so lucky to have The Centennial Fountain at Little Lake in Peterborough, which is the highest jet fountain in Canada.

Installed in 1967, the water shoots up 76m (250 feet).

And it creates beautiful rainbows...

Doug Logan from Fine Homes Photo filmed this great video of the fountain (screengrabs from it are pictured above). Watch it below...

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UPDATE: The Centennial Fountain Is On!

UPDATE: June 24th -> The fountain is repaired and on! We officially declare that summer has started!!

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ORIGINAL POST

The Centennial Fountain, installed in 1967 on Little Lake, is an important landmark in Peterborough. It's always a sure sign of Spring when it's turned on for the season.

It is scheduled to run from the middle of May to the middle of October annually, but the City of Peterborough says that when staff began preparing the fountain for service this year, it was discovered that the ground fault device that powers the fountain had been triggered and was inoperative.  

Further investigation revealed that the 1,000 foot long cable that provides power to the fountain has been compromised and it is not safe to operate.

A meeting has been held with potential contractors to supply and install the necessary cable and specifications are being finalized. All efforts are being made to get the fountain back in working order as soon as possible, the City says.

[Related: Amazing Historical Footage Of Centennial Fountain]

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