PLUMBING WATER PUMPS - OCEAN ANGEL
FOUNTAIN SHELL - On this page you will see how our engineers restored a historic ice well, installed power cables, water piping and blended those works into a courtyard setting to complement the Southern Ocean Angel. The picture above shows the scallop fountain part fitted with architectural polycarbonate. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 30 July 2018. All rights reserved.
The Fountain of Youth is also a water feature using high output pumps to generate a head of water that will reach up and wash over the Ocean Angel, falling back into the scallop shell and then returning to the holding tank inside the brick pillar. The inbuilt tank and drinking fountain are fed from an old well dating from at least 1900 that is spring fed from the adjacent fields.
POWER & WATER - An Ice Well adjacent to the fountain was in need of repair. The original brickwork had crumbled. We took the layers down until the bricks were solid enough to build on, leaving as much of the original historic structure as possible. Copyright © photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. 3 September 2018. All rights reserved.
Typical garden pond fountains do not have the pressure head to reach up to the almost four meter height of the Southern Ocean Angel, let alone supply five nozzles with the volume of water that is needed. We started out by using a 400 watt garden pump from Aldi that rather surprisingly could push the water through five balanced 10mm poly pipes up to a height of just over a meter. Not bad for a pump that is designed to empty ponds and water butts. But then it was made in Germany.
ON THE LEVEL - The height of the original cast iron manhole cover needed to be at the same height as the first of many steps leading up to the well that supplies the complex. The cover was cast at a foundry in Hailsham at the turn of the century and may one day become a listed monument. When working subsoil like this, use sharp sand and cement at a ration of 4:1. Copyright © photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 September 2018. All rights reserved.
STEPS - Bricks were laid to form the first step, based on other brick step patterns found to the rear of the complex. The brick header was backfilled with concrete and later imprinted with coloured sharp sand and cement mix to resemble cobble stones. Copyright © photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 12 September 2018. All rights reserved.
Before we could get anywhere near pump installation, quite a lot of ground works were needed. The first stage was to install a steel frame that is sunk into over a meter of sub-surface concrete as an anchor, such that the Southern Ocean Angel statue, that is actually part mermaid, could withstand hurricane winds if necessary. In 1987 a storm uprooted several trees in Lime Park and all the way along the A271 at Windmill Hill, where the roads were impassable for a few days. Indeed, nobody could get in or out of Lime Park because trees had fallen across the access drive.
BRICKLAYING - Once the concrete had set the bricklayer got to work. As the walls got higher strong sharp sand mix was used to bond the brickwork to the stainless steel frame. Eventually, the inside will be filled with concrete completely, save for a corrosion resistant steel drum that will contain a water pump and flow control apparatus. These pictures were taken in 2017. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 2017. All rights reserved.
CONCRETE DRIVE - This picture shows the earthworks, where the original paving had cracked for the most part, so was removed. The earth and clay were dug down to allow a sensible thickness of reinforced concrete to be poured around the base of the brick pillar and head of the ice well seen to the right. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 8 May 2018. All rights reserved.
STAINLESS STEEL - The five radius arms of the scallop carry a 10mm poly pipe. In this picture you can see the slots cut into the underside of the structure to allow the plastic tubing to pass through safely. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
Please note that the fountain shell is an original artwork fashioned from stainless steel bar and tubing. The design is copyright and may not be reproduced in any scale without the express permission from the artist, Lime Park Heritage Trust and Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
Plastic or poly pipe is now used by many plumbers because of
the speed of making connections. The system
has been developed to be reliable and quick to install. This
arrangement balances the flow from the pump to the five pipes
that feed high pressure water to the jets that spray water
onto the Southern Ocean Angel. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd
2018. All rights reserved.
CLAPHAM JUNCTION - Not a pretty sight, but the most compact arrangement, given that this installation is inside a relatively small water tank built into and part of the brick pillar. This is a 400 watt single stage pump of German manufacture that provides up to 46 litres per minute and a lift height of 11 meters. As the pump was already on site used for water butt emptying, it seemed logical to give it a whirl. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
The pump and pipes are lowered into the tank, with the piping
draped over the side before fitting inside the stainless steel
tubing of the scallop fountain. LED lights have been
added on each corner of the pillar to light up the Southern
Ocean Angel. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14
2018. All rights reserved.
FILLING HER UP - The stop cock is opened for the inaugural filling ceremony. The brick pillar was rendered and sealed with 3 coats of G4 resin, then another two coats of polyester brushing resin as used for making GRP boat hulls. Even with this procedure we encountered one tiny leak half way up the tank wall. Annoying to say the least. Our plumber had to drain the tank, prepare and fill the pinhole with a quick setting polyester resin, the re-seal with two generous topcoats. Some of the poly pipes were fitted underwater. The float valve worked well, stopping filling of the tank at exactly the right height. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
TEST PUMP - The pump was turned on to see how high it could pump. The 400 watt unit was not powerful enough, though fairly sprightly, managing a spray of water of around 1.5 meters. It did prove that the system worked, but we have ordered a more powerful pump that can deliver a 30 meter head if necessary. We could reduce the pipe friction by going to 15mm poly pipe, when the inserts would not restrict the flow so much. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
RECIRCULATING - We ran the pump for a while to be sure the plumbing was sound. This pump was very quiet in operation. We are hoping the Clarke unit we are testing next will be just as silent. The replacement pump as a 30 meter head. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
SHELL - During work on the pump and plumbing the stainless steel scallop inspired fountain has to be disassembled. Once the waterworks are sorted this art is bolted back over the manifold with a rubber gasket to keep light out of the water holding tank. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 17 October 2018. All rights reserved.
COPPER - Our resident plumber used a mix of compression fittings and copper reducers and 'T' section pipes to mate the plastic pump fittings to the 10mm poly pipe that feeds the water jets to keep our mermaid/angel doused with the life giving liquid. Here you see 28mm to 22mm and 22mm to 15mm to make a tee for the polypipe manifold to join to. When cutting copper pipes, be sure to re-burr them to keep the internal pipe resistance low. All joins should be clean and liberally coated in flux before soldering to ensure solid joins. Our plumber also welds and brazes pipes when making prototype specials where no standard fittings exist. Polypipe is an example of a plastic that is useful to society and can be recycled effectively. Not all plastic is bad. Single use plastic is bad. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 17 October 2018. All rights reserved.
CLARKE PUMP - This is a lovely little unit that allowed our plumber to install the pump even lower than before to allow more clearance for the float switch and float valve to work unimpeded. This Clarke unit delivers 95 litres a minute with a 30 meter lift using twin impellors for a two stage pump. Using 10mm polypipes we restricted the spray height to around 3 meters. Perfect for the Southern Ocean Angel. Pump Sales Direct delivered this pump within two days of ordering. Nice one chaps - and it was a bargain - cheaper from them than any other machine mart. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 17 October 2018. All rights reserved.
NEAT - The balanced manifold comprises 5 'T's and 2 15mm to 10mm quick fit reducers. The cost was just £15 compared to around £50 for some manifolds that would not give the flow rate we needed. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 17 October 2018. All rights reserved.
SPAGHETTI - That's a lot of plumbing in a very compact unit. Note the drinking fountain on the right. Visitors can enjoy a drink from the Fountain of Youth to quench their thirst while admiring the statue that looks over us. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 17 October 2018. All rights reserved.
PUMPS - Come in all shapes and sizes, with variations on flow capacity and lift ability depending on the rated power and impellor stages. The more impellor stages the higher the lift capacity. The larger the impellors the higher the flow rate and the bigger the motor the more power to move fluids. The above example range from 750 to 1100 watts with lift capacities ranging from 24 - 45 meters. They are not that expensive, starting at under £100 going up to £220 after discounts. After that the prices start to soar, topping £1,000 pounds for multistage bore pumps, should you decide to opt out of mains water supply.
DRINKING WATER - This young chap enjoys a drink. Visitors to Lime Park may drink the water that is supplied from the well that feeds the Fountain of Youth. The survival of this natural water supply depends on the local authority being vigilant against groundwater pollution from crop and garden pesticides. Until now the spring water has not been contaminated. United Nations sustainability development goal SDG6 is to do with sanitation and conservation of drinking water supplies. Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 14 October 2018. All rights reserved.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
In the 16th century the story of the Fountain of Youth became attached to the biography of the conquistador Juan Ponce de León. As attested by his royal charter, Ponce de León was charged with discovering the land of Beniny. Although the indigenous peoples were probably describing the land of the Maya in Yucatán, the name—and legends about Boinca's fountain of youth—became associated with the Bahamas instead. However, Ponce de León did not mention the fountain in any of his writings throughout the course of his expedition.
ROYAL CHARTER - A drawing showing Juan Ponce de León and his soldiers searching for the fountain of youth. In our view water is the life supporting source that feeds our children and so perpetuates the species.
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