Wa­ter costs de­fended

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

CHIL­DREN frol­ick­ing in the new foun­tains in Cathe­dral Square has led to an in­crease in main­te­nance costs – the coun­cil has re­vealed.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the wa­ter fea­ture, which has seen young­sters strip­ping off for a soak­ing, has meant the lat­est es­ti­mate has dou­bled from a pro­vi­sional fig­ure of £15,000 to £30,000.

But the coun­cil say this may be re­duced in the win­ter months, as the cold weather be­gins, and re­jected claims that the wa­ter used was not re­cy­cled

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s head of de­liv­ery An­drew Ed­wards, said: “The orig­i­nal cost quoted for main­tain­ing the foun­tains was purely an es­ti­mate. The foun­tains are ex­tremely pop­u­lar and we have in­creased the main­te­nance regime. The wa­ter used by the foun­tains is re­cy­cled. It is col­lected in the drains that sur­round the foun­tains and taken back to the pump room.”

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