A fountain, over a century old, will soon be re-installed in the center of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, but will be “more of a drip than a gush” of water due to Legionnaires’ disease fears.
The low water pressure is expected to help prevent the generation of fine water mist or spray, which can allow for the transmission of Legionnaires’ disease if it is breathed. A water disinfection unit will also be installed.
Dorothea Morrison, a St Andrews councilor, also said that there is a lot of student activity around the fountain, so efforts will need to be taken to make sure people are not swimming in the fountain either.
The fountain was originally erected in 1880 for Major George Whyte-Melville who died several years earlier in 1878.