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Dear PoPville – Purple water in Meridian Hill Fountains?

by Prince Of Petworth July 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm 20 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Anybody know why the water in the fountain is purple? Photo is from about a week or two ago. I don’t know if it is currently still purple but that day it was VERY purple. like grape koolade.”

I’m guessing it’s for dealing with algae? Anyone ever seen something like this before at Meridian Hill Park or elsewhere?

  • Anonymous

    Hm, the arboretum puts a dye of some sort in the water to make it look black and thus appear deeper than it is. Perhaps Meridian Hill does something similar and overdid it this time?

    • ZetteZelle

      I had thought that the darkening of the water was to attract/hold more sunlight, since the water lillies need warmer water to thrive.

      • Anonymous

        That would make a lot more sense than my explanation. Someone told me that once when I was there with my dog (because she was drinking water out of one of the fountains).

  • Anonymous

    Preparing for Drank Fest 2014?

  • Katie

    Dunno, but it looks way cool.

    On a similar topic, does anyone know what happened to the ducks??

    • chln

      Police are trying to cut down on quack use in the park, I believe.

      • AMDCer


      • AJNE

        +1. I just spit out my water I was laughing so hard.

        • chln

          Any time I can find time for some horrible animal puns…it’s a good day for me!

      • Curious


  • Last time I was there (about a week ago) the water looked more like pea soup. So I’m guessing it’s something they added recently for algae control.

  • wdc

    Copper sulphate, for algae control? We used to use that in our pond back home. But it was bright blue. Maybe there’s a new product that’s similar, just a chemical tweak making it purple instead of blue.

    Glad they’re doing something, if that’s what they’re doing. The park reeks of pond scum. And dog poop.

  • Use Linux die alone.

    Maybe someone dropped in a package of all the different color dyes from a food coloring set?

  • Anonymous

    We did something similar to Dupont Circle when I was a middleschooler. It was a pretty common prank to put stuff in fountains back them (especially Tide), maybe that’s what happened?

  • Passerby

    Well, when I was there earlier in the week it was very algae green. If it was to kill the algae, it did not work.

  • Identified

    It’s such a dark purple it is almost black. Does look kinda cool though.

  • The algicide I used to use in my fish pond dyed the water dark blue or purple. Used too much once and killed off all my koi. So now I just live with the pea-soup color until that disappears of its own accord. That’s a few weeks, and probably that wouldn’t be tolerable in the Meridian Hill fountains.


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