Church fountain retrofitted to conserve water

The newly retrofitted fountain at First Baptist Church in Downtown Austin (Frank Martinez / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The drought has taken a toll on Central Texas for several years, and decorative fountains are prohibited in some areas.

On Sunday, the First Baptist Church in Downtown Austin flipped the switch to turn on their newly upgraded fountain. After cutting off their old fountain years ago because it was wasting water, the church is now doing its part to conserve.

This is the first decorative fountain retrofitted to comply with City of Austin drought restrictions, according to church leaders. The fountain recirculates water and cuts down the loss by evaporation.

“These beautiful pots have a lot of symbolism to Christian people: the woman at the well, the wedding at Cana,” said FBC Green Team chairwoman Sue Searles. “It circulates the water and it’s beautiful all at the same time.”

Earlier in 2014, First Baptist was recognized with a platinum certification award from the City of Austin’s Green Business Leaders Program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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