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Pond & Waterfall Plumbing

Installing a pond or waterfall enhances the natural beauty of your garden and provides a relaxing place for family and friends to relax. In addition to visual appeal, the sound effects created by the movement of water also promote a sense of serenity. But before you can enjoy your personal oasis, you'll need to consider the mechanics that will guide your construction of happiness: the plumbing.


The strongest and most affordable piping to use for ponds and waterfalls is made of polyvinyl chloride, a hard plastic, commonly known as PVC. PVC flexible pipes are a better choice when the water flow does not follow a straight path, as is often the case with water features.

Another advantage of using flexible PVC is that it resists warping or cracking due to seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground.


Flow rate is partly determined by the size and length of the tube through which the water is moving. A small diameter pipe may limit the amount of water carried, but it will provide more pressure than a larger diameter pipe. Conversely, a larger diameter pipe will create less pressure but allow a greater volume of water to pass through. Length is another consideration when it comes to controlling range.

Since there is less flow, the water has to travel farther, try to use the shortest length of pipe possible for the job.


A pump helps water overcome gravity, improves the speed of its flow through a waterfall, and helps aerate pond water to keep it healthy. This is especially important if you plan to add fish or aquatic plants, creating a miniature ecosystem. As a general rule, choose a pump capable of rotating the entire volume of the pond once per hour. To determine the volume of the pond, measure and multiply its length by its width by its depth, then multiply the result by a conversion factor of 7.

48 to get the number of gallons. Consider purchasing a high-efficiency pump, which is more expensive upfront but will result in lower operating costs and long-term savings.


Algae growth, leaf rot and other debris can undermine the health of a pond. You can manually filter the surface of the pond with a net, but installing an automatic skimmer system as part of the pump assembly is much more effective, especially when it comes to limiting algae growth. Although these systems are expensive, they will save you time and effort by protecting the pH balance of your pond.

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