Water features have always been a popular outdoor amenity for apartments and are great ways to draw attention while causing a splash. But like everything else, they have a lifespan and become a challenge and expense to maintain.
At some point, management has to weigh the ongoing cost and maintenance – and sometimes image – of large fountains that shoot sprays of water high in the air at the property entrance or small ones that softly trickle near the front office door.
Some cities are actually banning or choosing not to run fountains in an effort to save water that is wasted by evaporation or leaks. That’s probably not a bad idea.