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How did fountains work before electricity?

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fountainHow did they operate fountains in Roman times? How did they work before electricity?
Adam, Buckinghamshire

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Name: Paul, Caterham
Qualification: Build and maintain water features
Answer: One of two ways: one would have been straight from the water main and then the excess water goes to waste – essentially a tap that’s left on. Or the alternative was the water is from a canal or river which was higher than the fountain, where the water gets diverted down through ever diminishing holes to increase water pressure.

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