The Level fountains are now running for longer every day – but in staged bursts to allow the water recycling system to catch up.
The fountains were hit by unspecified technical problems earlier in the year, and were first switched on at the re-opening ceremony on June 14, and running times were then limited to four hours a day.
The fountains are now on from 11am to 5.30pm for the duration of the summer holidays – but for half hour bursts every hour rather than continuously.
A council spokesman said: “The reason the fountains at the Level can’t run full-time at the moment is because the water that is used is recycled after going through a rigorous treatment process, rather than just flushed down the drains.
“So it’s a good news story in terms of the environment and not wasting water, but it does mean that additional time is needed to fill the water tanks up because we need to make sure that the water has been safely and fully treated each time the water goes back into the system.
He addd: “It’s not a cost saving measure.”
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