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October 21, 2021 7:03 am

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They are protected with special domes, shields and screens.

The fountains conservation work has been completed, the capital’s city center reported.

“Conservation of fountains includes a whole range of works: first, water is drained from the system, sculptures, bowls and equipment are cleaned, and the structure is washed. After that, underwater lights and jet-forming elements are dismantled, plugs are mounted, “explained the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Housing and Utilities and Improvement

Peter Biryukov.

Fountains, which have complex engineering communications and decorative elements, are protected with the help of special structures. For example, metal shields are placed on the Repinsky and Pushkinsky fountains, dry fountains in parks and squares are covered with protective screens. The dynamic light fountain in the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve is the only one in the city that is covered with a special inflatable dome. The floating fountains on the Obvodny Canal and Brateevsky Pond are completely dismantled every year.

Petr Biryukov also noted that in winter the fountains will be prepared for the new season.

“We are checking and repairing pumping equipment, filters and jet-forming elements, installing underwater lighting control panels and collector safety systems, preventive repair of all communications and diagnostics of hydraulics,” he explained.

About 350 specialists will take care of this. They will regularly inspect the structural and decorative elements of fountains, check electrical equipment, ventilation and heating systems for pumping stations. Also, their responsibilities include cleaning the fountains and the area around them from snow and ice. Particular attention is paid to ensuring the uninterrupted operation of drainage pumps in winter – it is with their help that melt water is pumped out of structures.

There are about 600 fountains in the city. Among them there are traditional, dry, floating, musical and dynamic light.

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