Why Is A Pondless Waterfall Beneficial?

How Is A Pondless Waterfall Beneficial For Landscaping?For people who want all the beauty and serenity of a water structure without the hassle and liability, a pondless waterfall is an excellent choice.  They are becoming more popular due to their efficient design and lovely options.

What is it?

A traditional waterfall is a fantastic option for homeowners with a lot of yard space, and those who don’t have small children.  It works by creating a reservoir (or pond) in the homeowner’s property.  Water is then pumped from the reservoir up a vertical structure (usually made of rock) and allowed to cascade over the structure and down into the reservoir.  This has been a popular design element for years due to the calming and peaceful environment it creates.

The pondless option is designed exactly how one would think – with no reservoir
. The reservoir is built under the ground.  A hole is created in the property, and an underground vault is installed.  This vault serves as an underground reservoir where the water collects.  The rest of the process acts the same way.  The liquid is pumped out of the vault and up the structure until it is allowed to cascade down.  However, with this formation, it lands on a bed of rocks and gravel and is allowed to seep slowly down into the vault.  Because the rock and gravel are on the ground, a pool does not accumulate above the surface.

Easier to maintain

The pondless version of a waterfall, as one could imagine, is easier to maintain than the version with an above ground reservoir.  No additional equipment is needed in order to keep the system functioning and clean.  With a conventional system the bare minimum to maintain the unit involves purchasing a biological filter and a skimmer.  If a lot of debris continually gets into the reservoir, the skimmer will need to be regularly emptied.  A system with rocks and gravel at the base will not need those items.  


While a structure with a reservoir can be a lovely addition to any yard’s landscape, the safety element can scare many people, especially parents of young children.  Just like with pools, small children can fall into any collection of water if left unsupervised for even a few seconds.  While the drowning risk is reduced with a reservoir due to its shallow depth, many choose to eliminate the risk altogether by eliminating the basin above the ground.

Cost effectiveness

A pondless waterfall also adds an element of cost effectiveness over traditional models.  For one, the additional maintenance equipment does not need to be purchased.  Also, with regular reservoir features, an ecosystem of plants and fish is involved, which creates the need for constantly running the pump.  With a pondless system, the pump can be turned off when not in use.

Due to its low cost and maintenance, the pondless waterfall has become a popular option among homeowners.  For those that build one, hassle-free peace and relaxation are ever-present in the backyard.

This article was published on Tuesday 10 June, 2014.

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