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Spring water fountain at home

Today I saw a house that had those typical Swiss fountains in their backyard.
Is it allowed to build one of those for yourself? do you know anybody that could do that?

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Re: Spring water fountain at home

What do you mean by a "typical Swiss fountain"?

Do you really mean "spring water"? This would imply you have a spring to provide the water?
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Any gardener can install one for you. "Brunnen" is what you are looking for. Look on ricardo or tutti for examples or any big garden center. You can set up a recirculating pump if you want it just for looks (non potable).
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- the stone part, including the installation is done a stone masons, there are like tons of them
- the water part, that depends what are your options
I hope you are going for something traditional, simple and beautiful. Hand finish (but stainless steel pipe is ugly)

Since the era of robotized stone routers, world is full of kitsch.
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Not sure what you mean. A "Springbrunnen"? That's not typical Swiss, this is:



but if you mean the first, it's dead easy and cheap, here an example from amazon.
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Not sure what you mean. A "Springbrunnen"? That's not typical Swiss, this is:
Nice one, actually "Springbrunnen" are an important heritage with cultural, art, social and technical note. A category by itself.
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Re: Spring water fountain at home

Exactly! I want to get the typical swiss one
Since I've seen that in a house nearby, I was wondering if I also have a spring under my garden, and if it is possible to get water out of it.

Reading your comments and searching a bit more, maybe I just got tricked by the recirculating ones, that I did not even knew that existed
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Re: Spring water fountain at home

Is it not a waste of water if everyone starts installing one at home?
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Not sure what you mean. A "Springbrunnen"? That's not typical Swiss, this is:



but if you mean the first, it's dead easy and cheap, here an example from amazon.
That's a horse trough. What we see in old towns and houses are ancient horse watering devices
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That's a horse trough. What we see in old towns and houses are ancient horse watering devices
The modern version looks more like this:

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I'd go for the older tradition in my garden...
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Exactly! I want to get the typical swiss one
Since I've seen that in a house nearby, I was wondering if I also have a spring under my garden, and if it is possible to get water out of it.
No, they are attached to the water mains.

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That's a horse trough. What we see in old towns and houses are ancient horse watering devices
They were multi use, but yes, one of the use was watering the animals, and not just horses. They were also used as Google search is now-days, or EF, probably even as a Tinder. They were pride of the village or sometimes a bribe from a rich family.


btw, if I remember right, in the Zurich Altstat there are more than one hundred Wasserbrunnen left, there exist a guide about it.
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They were multi use, but yes, one of the use was watering the animals, and not just horses. They were also used as Google search is now-days, or EF, probably even as a Tinder. They were pride of the village or sometimes a bribe from a rich family.

btw, if I remember right, in the Zurich Altstat there are more than one hundred Wasserbrunnen left, there exist a guide about it.
As you mention these fountains were quite a symbol. But, they were just the cherry on top of the infrastructure cake. The bribe of the rich family or the thousands of hours of voluntary work in the village mostly went to the canalization/pipes to brings the water there.

Some of them are divided into 2 containers. The first one (upstream) it's about the size of a bucket. The downstream large one is for watering animals. A few ones still have some rusted iron bars where you filled a bucket without touching the water where animals drank.
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Yes and no. They are called "Dorfbrunnen" (village well) and I think in the ancient times they were supplying drinking water to the town.

I'd agree with Tom that these days almost all of them are connected to the water mains. Would be a real waste if they were not. Well, they're a waste anyway actually.

OP, that is what you want in your garden? What on earth for? Don't come back with a thread complaining about the water bill.
A waterspout fountain (Springbrunnen) I could understand. It will also raise your water-bill though as you will need to pee all the time hearing it.
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Re: Spring water fountain at home

In my limestone Jura region, there are 100s of pure wild water mountain fountains- hidden all over the mountains. They have a very specific purpose - with pure water at a constant 4C - Santé
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I have one inside an ancient rustico in my garden. natural spring under it. exits the building and runs down the garden via a few ponds into the drain. can redirect part of flow into a concrete tank in my basement and use it for garden irrigation via a pressurization pump. saves a lot on the annual water bill. also had it tested to drink. it tastes fantastic but i still get a monthly valser delivery because i like sparking water....
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