So, you’re considering a water feature for your garden? Well done on doing your homework first; many people aren’t interested in asking “How do water features work?” and just jump in at the deep end.
Understanding how water features work will help you to make the best decision on the type, size and placement of your new acquisition.
Let’s take a look.
The Inner Workings of a Water Feature
It’s incredible how such a simple internal design can give rise to the most breath-taking water features, adding beauty and movement to your garden.
A water feature is made up of:
- A reservoir of water, usually in the form of a pond, but can also be from a naturally occurring water source or an underground tank.
- A pump with an impeller and filter system which sucks water up into the pipework.
- A spout or nozzle where the water will escape and trickle back into the reservoir.
- The end section of pipe where the water will exit can be attached to a wide range of fittings which will change the trickle to a babble, a high plume of water, or a forceful splash.
Do you need a water supply? Not always.
Many water features are self-contained, which means that the pond or container is filled up and the water is simply recycled through the system. All it needs is an occasional topping up, especially in the warmer months.
If your water feature is close to your home then an electrical connection is an easy fix. However, some choose to make use of solar panels which are easily fitted to the pump and which quietly allow the pump to tick away. In less sunny climates, a battery backup may be necessary.
Indeed, this simple design has been a source of so much pleasure for those who love the calming sound of running water. Would you like to know more about water feature design? Give the friendly team at Pool Spa a call today.