Whether you’re looking to purchase a new fountain for your school, club, local community or business, it may feel a bit overwhelming to know where to start, especially if you’ve been awarded a grant or community funding to make the purchase. To help you make an informed decision we’ve listed our top 4 things to consider before deciding which fountain to install.
1. Consider refurbishing (applicable to those who are looking to replace existing fountains)
If you’re looking to replace your existing drinking fountains because they look run down or are not WaterMark certified you may not realise that you can refurbish them for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one. Not only does this save you money but it also means you stop these fountains ending up in landfill making it the more sustainable option.
2. Choose the location of your fountain
Where you install your new fountain is very important as there are a number of cost-saving considerations to think about. A couple of key things to remember is that installing it close to existing plumbing, undercover and away from trees can cut down on installation and maintenance costs considerably.
3. Establish who will be using the drinking fountain
When thinking about what functionality you need, you first need to consider who will be using the fountain. Does it need to be disabled-accessible or a certain height for young children? Do you require a bottle filler, maintenance tap, or dog bowl? Is chilled water required? These types of questions will help you choose a fountain that will meet all of your needs and ultimately save you money by choosing the right solution first time around.
4. Select the best finish
When deciding on your fountain’s finish our recommendation is to go back and consider its location and end-user. Important location factors include whether or not it needs to be resistant to harsh coastal environments, in which case, a full 316 stainless steel finish would suit best. Other factors include whether it needs to blend in with its surroundings or stand out so it’s easily recognisable by the public. With over 100 powder coat colours to choose from as well as galvanised steel, timber, stainless steel and recycled plastic options, we are confident you will be able to find the right finish for the job. We can also add your logo, design or message to the side of the fountain for that extra special personalised touch.
For more information about purchasing a new drinking fountain or any other Urban+ furniture products get in touch with our team today.