Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless Waterfalls Design

Pondless water features exchange the open water of the pond for a gravel-topped excavation, maximizing visual impact while minimizing headaches and maintenance. Typically, a pump placed in a protective vault inside a lined reservoir continuously recirculates water over a stream or waterfall. A bed of gravel hides the basin, vault and plumbing from view, leaving only the stream and waterfall visible.

Eco-Blox basins consist of 10% Eco-Blox and 90% water. Gravel basins consist of 70% rock and only 30% water. As a rule of thumb, your pond-free basin should hold three times the amount of water as the waterfalls and streambeds above it. It is critical to calculate the water volume that the basin can hold before you begin construction of the waterfalls or streambed. Why should the basin be three times the size of the stream? Upon start-up, the pump sends water from the bottom reservoir to the top of the waterfall and/or streambed. The water must then fill, from top to bottom, the waterfall and streambed until it eventually re-enters the basin and the water levels equalize. During this filling process, the water level of the bottom reservoir is continually dropping. If the streambed is built improperly, or is built too big, the water level of the bottom reservoir may drop below the top of the pump before the water levels equalize. This would result in the top of the pump being exposed to air. Pumps must be completely submersed in water or they can overheat causing damage to the pump.