There are thousands of stunning water displays and water features that are notable across the globe. All with one main attribute in common, but all so unique in different ways. We've picked our top 4 favourite water features from around the world, and showing how water is pumped on a drastic scale.
1. THE RAIN VORTEX: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT, SINGAPORE
The ‘Rain Vortex’ Is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. It flows 40 metres down into the basement, pumping about 10,000 gallons of water per minute. Since Singapore experiences thunderstorms frequently, this seven-story waterfall is supplied by captured or harvested rainwater. The collected rainwater is able to flow at the greenhouse center with an inverted glass dome.
2. MOONLIGHT RAINBOW FOUNTAIN: BANPO BRIDGE, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
The world’s longest bridge fountain is located on the long Banpo Bridge overpassing the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. The bridge is already a curious structure, as it’s designed on top of the previous Jamsu Bridge, forming the upper half of the first double-decker bridge in the country.
On both sides of the less than a mile-long are nearly 10,000 led lights over 3,740 feet sections. Here, 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles per side shoot out over 190 tons of water per minute.
The huge amount of water that comes out of the fountain falls into the river underneath at a distance up to 141 feet horizontally and 66 feet vertically. The water ejected is continuously recycled by being pumped again into the fountain, making sure that the installation is eco-friendly.
3. THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies.
The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive heights.
When operational, the fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.
To ensure that the water remains clean, the lake’s water is continuously circulated through the four filtering stations where dust, debris, dissolved impurities, and algae are removed. Each of these stations have a 30kW water pump to ensure the movement of water throughout the system.
4. FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO, LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The £30.1 million dancing fountains outside the Bellagio are as popular and as mesmerising as Vegas itself. Each day at varying times, thousands of individual fountains dance to numerous songs enhanced by light and choreography that will blow you away.
Spanning 1,000 feet, the water reaches heights of 460 feet and the maximum amount in the air at any one time is a staggering 20,416 gallons.
Under the 22 millions gallons of water known as Lake Como are four types of water shooting devices, each playing a big role in every Fountains of Bellagio production.
Oarsmen: The machines that spray water in a movable stream 77 feet into air. The moving stream makes the water move like it is dancing. One of the 208 oarsman in the lake packs the power to push 140 gallons per minute.
Mini-shooters, super-shooters and extreme-shooters: The machines that shoot water 100 feet, 240 feet and 460 feet into the air, respectively. In the lake are 798 mini-shooters, 198 super-shooters and 16 extreme-shooters.
The fountains are set in an 8-acre manmade lake. Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did.