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The SJSU water fountains were turned on after being off because of California's drought.

San Jose State University’s recreational water fountains have rekindled the start of the fall semester.

As of Tuesday, the Cesar E. Chavez Archway and Tower Lawn fountains have officially been turned on after three years of being inactive.

According to the university’s vice president of administration, Charlie Faas, the fountains bring peace and make the university look lively. 

The Tower Lawn water fountain is around four to five feet tall, surrounded by beautifully aged and inviting benches.

Because of the California drought, state and local regulations were implemented in order to preserve water, which affected the water fountains on campus.

“There were some ordinances with the city that we weren’t even allowed to use recycled water in these fountains,” Faas said. “That’s why these things got shut down and frankly some of the pipes were corroded and there were some issues.”

Ever since he began working for SJSU, Faas has wanted to see the fountains on, he added.

“I’ve been pushing for two years to get these things up and running and going again because they’ve been dried for quite some time,” Faas said. “We use only recycled water in these fountains so it’s not like it’s fresh water.”

Some students claim that the university doesn’t update them with what is changing or what changes the campus implements.

“Just as this semester is 

starting, I’m noticing the water fountains are on and I wondered, is the drought over in California? Why are they turning them on?” Mexican-American studies graduate student, Tania Galicia said.

Galicia said she was concerned about California’s drought since it didn’t seem like the state has recovered 100 percent.

Biology senior Jazmine Gomez transferred to SJSU two years ago and said it seemed weird to see the fountains running. “Are we in a drought still? Are we not?” Gomez asked.

According to the California Department of Water Resources, in April 2017 Gov. Brown lifted the drought emergency declaration but continued to prohibit wasteful practices and pushed Californians to make conservation a way of life.  

“There’s a lot of people misinformed,” Faas said. “A couple of years ago when we had the drought, people would look at fountains and think it was wasted water and it’s just recycled water.” Faas said.

Other students, however, expressed their enthusiasm towards the restoration of the university’s appearance because they say it revitalizes the stressful routine students go through.

Molecular biology junior Vi Dang said that when she walks around campus she enjoys seeing the water flowing from the fountains.

Kinesiology senior Miriam Cruz said the sound of water relaxes her  and helps her distress a bit.

“I like that they are turning on the water fountain at the tower lawn because it’s a space where students hangout during their class gaps,” Cruz said.

Psychology senior Ana Canela said she is curious to see what the fountains will look like and whether or not they will make the campus look nicer. 

“I just hope they won’t attract any more homeless or downtown crazies to come and take showers.” 

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