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Historic Fountain Celebrated After 70 Years

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June 10, 2009

The fountain below the “Guardian of the Water” statue at the County Administration Center flowed for a few minutes today to recreate its dedication 70 years ago.

The fountain has been turned off since June 1 to comply with the city of San Diego’s level two drought alert.

County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob was joined by Vice-Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price and Supervisor Greg Cox to emphasize the importance of water conservation at the event.

“The statue is an ever-present reminder of how precious this resource is,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob.

Jacob highlighted the County of San Diego’s water-saving efforts, such as installing low-usage devices on toilets, faucets and showerheads at the County Administration Center, reducing water use at the building by 40 percent during the first four months of the year, compared to the same time period in 2008. The efforts not only save natural resources, but also save taxpayer dollars that can be used for public services.

Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price asked residents to join the County in its efforts, saying, “I hope all of you will look at every drop of water you use, and ask, ‘How can I save it?’”

One tip is using drought-tolerant plants in landscaping, and many of these plants were on display at the base of the fountain.

The “Guardian of the Water” sculpture was created by local artist Donal Hord, using a 22-ton piece of stone from a quarry in Lakeside. It took two years to complete.

The landscaping at the County Administration Center was also completed at this time, created by landscape architect Roland Hoyt. For more information, visit the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

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