Mulholland Fountain gets dried out and damaged by drought


LOS FELIZ — When water stops flowing through a fountain enough, the fountain dries out and deteriorates. That’s what’s happening to the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive, according to the Los Feliz Ledger.

The operation of the Mulholland Fountain has been reduced because of the drought. This and high summer temperatures have damaged the fountain, Anselmo Collins from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power told the Ledger.

“It’s like a house pool. If you don’t put water in the pool, the plaster will dry out and it will crack.” — Anselmo Collins, LADWP

It also hasn’t helped that the fountain has been repeatedly drained and cleaned after people used the it as a toilet, Collins said.

Collins told the Ledger that repairs are expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.

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  1. I love this fountain. Such a shame, but I understand why it’s not running. I’m wondering what shape it will be in if this drought ever ends and we can allow it to run again. I know I would volunteer in any way to raise money or work on it. As someone who was born and raised in LA, this fountain is iconic and importaint aesthetically and I would love to see it maintained. Beauty matters.

    • How fitting the fountain dried up just like the water stolen from Owens lake and the Valley up here. Now we have a dry lake causing environmental issues. Hope they continue to use the fountain as a toilet and someone tears it down. That man doesnt deserve that fountain.

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