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  • This is my rain water fountain; one of my favorite things to stare at while watching winter tv, you know, the view of your world out your front picture window in February. My fountain runs year round on rain water which is collected off my roof and funnels down beneath the fountain to a 500 gallon cistern holding area. Rain water below the fountain never freezes because it is held below the frost line, while water above ground typically freezes hard.

    Over the course of the winter there is some freeze-thaw freeze-thaw action, but essentially you see what happens with the constant flow of water dancing around the fountain – the fountain “spray” which is exposed to the above ground air freezes. Eventually it builds up so that insanely wild ice sculptures develop around the fountain.

    In a particularly cold winter, the ice will form all the way above the fountain so you cannot see the water movement, only hear it as a remote trickle. In the silent winter it becomes encased in an ice sarcophagus.

    Spring will be here soon and I will use the rain water in the cistern to water my organic front lawn vegetable garden. What vegetables my family does not consume, I will donate to the local food pantry. Helping the community with rain water makes me feel pretty happy.

    More details on the fountain and how it was built - Aquascape Fountain
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