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Patch Watch: Broken Water Fountain at Los Gatos Creek Trail Head Removed

Problem drinking device is gone from sidewalk on East Main Street less than two weeks after it was reported on Los Gatos Patch.

The double-drinking fountain on East Main Street, at the entrance of the , was removed soon after

At this point, the town doesn't have any plans on replacing it immediately, said Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Director Todd Capurso, whose department was listed as the responsible party.

He said buying a new fountain is in the range of $4,000 to $5,000 and the town doesn't have the immediate resources available to put a new one in the old spot.

However, he said, there's another drinking fountain about 50 to 100 feet away at the bottom of the trail entrance for those needing water.

Capurso said the town hopes to replace the fountain in the same spot in either July or August.

Moving the fountain away from the sidewalk is problematic due to all the underground water and sewer utilities leading up to that location, Capurso said.

"That's the only location unless we have to rip off sidewalks and I don't think we want to do that. Our plan is to either replace it at the same location or not replace it," he said.

LOCATION: East Main Street at entrance of Los Gatos Creek Trail.

PROBLEM: Uncontrolled flow of water, dirt, rust, debris.

RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Town of Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department. 

CONTACT: Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, 408-399-5770, or email department director Todd Capurso at tcapurso@losgatosca.gov.

DATE REPORTED: Jan. 18

DAYS ON WATCH: 52

DATE REMOVED: Before March 9

Jeffrey Bachman March 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
As Maria Ristow said in the first article, it's in the worst location. Why would you put a drinking fountain next to the garbage and at such a high traffic spot with trail users exiting and entering the area combined with walkers along E. Main Street?
Neighbor May 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I am sad that this fountain is gone because of rust problems because it was nice to have some drinking water leading up to trail runs, but simultaneously am happy that the old one is fixed, since it has been broken for a long time. Once you get to Lexington Resevoir it is impossible to get water, and so having a fountain is pretty important on a hot day.

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