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Water features keep bubbling up
The water feature on the Maple Avenue plaza across from the post office. - photo by HIME ROMERO

There were no high-profile water features in Manteca seven years ago.

Today there are ten.

And three more could go into place in the coming years. They include:
• a water play feature at Woodward Park that may utilize dueling water cannons, tipping water buckets and other items the city hopes to put in place.
• a large water feature to serve as a park honoring all armed forces on a redevelopment agency parcel that the San Joaquin County is purchasing to build a satellite administrative center  at Daniels Street and Milo Candini Drive.
• a reflection basin in the proposed AKF Development’s office complex being pursued as part of the Yosemite Square project on the northeast corner of the Highway 120 Bypass and Highway 99 interchange.

The existing water features are as follows:
• 1. Interactive water feature at Library Park at Yosemite Avenue and Manteca Avenue
• 2. Tower fountain at the Stadium Retail Center behind Chili’s on Daniels Street.
• 3. Double entrance fountains at Del Webb at Woodbridge on North Union Road.
• 4. Six fountains plus a manmade lake located at Del Webb at Woodbridge off North Union Road.
• 5. A faux bridge on Pear Tree Street that crosses a manmade pond at South Main Street.
• 6. Bubbler fountain in the plaza in 100 block of Maple Avenue across from post office.
•7.  Water fountain in front of Manteca Trailer & RV on East Yosemite Avenue and Vasconcellos Avenue.
• 8. A granite world sphere floating on a fountain jet at Crossroads Grace Community Church at 1505 Moffat Boulevard
• 9. A large manmade lake adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and the Kerasotes Showplace Theatre at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.
•10. An entry fountain on Grove Street at Orchard Valley near the Manteca Visitors Center.

The larger water features — such as the Del Webb lake and fountains — access non-potable water instead of drinking water that comes from deeper underground aquifers.

The same is the case for the water fountain at the Stadium Retail Center that is on a shallow well that also irrigates shopping center landscaping and the fields at the Big League Dreams sports complex.

That BLD well will be replaced with treated recycled wastewater once the city gets the OK from the state.

Manteca is also hoping to gain the approval of the San Joaquin County Health Department to recycle water used at the Woodward Park water play feature.