It seems like harmless fun but parks and rec officials say someone poured 12 bottles of soap in the fountain in downtown Davenport, wreaking havoc on the pumps inside.
"It does cost us time and money. It is an expensive proposition the pumps that run in the circulation systems in the fountains are not equipped to handle bubbles," says Betsy Tubbs, Facilities Operations Manager.
Crews spent the morning clearing out the fountain on main and river drive that looked like a bubble bath. It took two to three hours to get the suds under control and out of the fountain.
"Every time this happens we have to drain the filters, clean out everything, clean the pumps and then refill so it is an expensive proposition for us," says Tubbs.
Parks and rec officials say it costs them money they really don't have. Instead of caring for the fountain, they could be doing other things in the community. They say the bubble vandalism happens on a fairly regular basis.
"You know I think they think it looks cool and they don't understand the damage that it does to the pumps," says Tubbs.
Officials say if the suspect is caught they'd be charged with vandalism and damage. Folks in the community can take an active role in stopping further problems.
"If people see something they need to report it. If you see suspicious activity report it," says Tubbs.
If you know who poured the soap or see anything else funny happening by the fountain, you are asked to call police.
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