Dipping your toes into a city fountain could mean a $50 fine, the Parks Department wants to remind us. Although cascading waters are tempting, the city says that the fountains' water is recirculated and not treated with chlorine, which can make it a breeding ground for bacteria. Mmm, bacteria. Plus, there may be broken glass or other objects that you can't see.
There are 49 fountains under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department. A few years ago, we learned that most city fountains were maintained by Central Park Conservancy employee Joe McBain. McBain said that money that is fished out (amongst "MetroCards to cell phones to watches") is put in a general fund or for fountain part replacement.
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