Fountain Hills, Arizona: World's 2nd Tallest FountainSpouts on the hour when the sun is up. 15 minutes of spew. We are warned not to sit in the mist, as it is part of the town's water treatment system...
- Panorama Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ
- East side of Panorama Drive just north of E. El Lago Drive.
Visitor Tips and News About World's 2nd Tallest Fountain
I read on the web that if the wind across the lake reaches 10 mph, the fountain will not spout. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a web site that posts the wind speed so that people could check before visiting. So it is a case of turn up and hope for the best. It was windy on the day we went (10/21/2012) so we didn't get to see the fountain.[Dave Jones, 10/26/2012]
We've encountered other super-high fountains that shut down in a breeze. It's supposedly a courtesy to keep bystanders from getting soaked.
The Fountain, driven by three 600 horsepower turbine pumps, sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute though an 18-inch nozzle. The fountain runs for 15 minutes on the hour at the top of the hour. The water in Fountain Lake is actually clean and quite safe as it is treated and tested on a regular basis. With all three pumps running, the fountain reaches 560 feet in height. When built, it was the world's tallest fountain and held that record for over a decade.
Fountain Hills is a beautiful town located in the hills east of Scottsdale and is home to nearly 70 pieces of publicly displayed artwork. The eight fountains along the Avenue of the Fountains were the beginning of the public art collection.[Mary, 06/11/2010]
Don't sit in the mist. The Fountain and lake are part of the water treatment system.[Ken Pavloski, 08/19/2004]
The work being done to the World's Tallest Fountain is complete and the fountain is again spouting on the hour, every hour, during daylight hours. When the fountain is active, the column of water can be seen for miles. The park surrounding the fountain is still partially closed due to on-going facility upgrades at this time but the open section is an excellent area to congregate with family and friends and, as an added bonus, if the winds are blowing your way you get a very nice, refreshing mist from the fountain.[Greg Brown, 03/17/2001]
December 2005: Tipster Matt Luedders notes that the Gateway Geyser in East St. Louis, IL is now the world's tallest fountain, at 630 ft. vs. Fountain Hill's 560 ft.