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What is a Pondless Waterfall?

Water Features | November 14, 2019

Many people love the idea of having a beautiful, cascading waterfall in their back yard, but they either do not have the space for a pond for the waterfall to feed into or they do not want to care for a small body of water. In cases such as these, it is useful to know what a pondless waterfall is. Pondless waterfalls are water features that use hidden reservoirs to collect water rather than a pond or other body of water, making them safer and more manageable than many other types of water features. At Fontana Ponds & Water Features, we provide a wide variety of services related to water feature design and installation and we are always happy to help answer questions about pondless waterfalls.

What is the Difference Between a Fountain and a Waterfall?

People often use the term “fountain” to refer to a wide variety of water features. A fountain can be anything that pumps water from a reservoir to a spouting point, where it can fall back into the reservoir and begin the circuit again. Fountains can look natural, artistic, or abstract, and they can shoot water in pressurized stream vertically or horizontally, or they can pump it into a different reservoir for it to overflow and allow gravity to recirculate it. All waterfalls are technically fountains, but not all fountains are waterfalls. A waterfall is a type of fountain that is designed to look natural by having the pumped water cascade over the edge of a rock or platform to fall into the reservoir below.

What is a Pondless Waterfall?

Pondless waterfalls are water features that use hidden reservoirs to collect water rather than a pond or other body of water, making them safer and more manageable than many other types of water features. Simply put, a pondless waterfall is a stream of water that does not collect in a visible body of water. While most waterfalls flow from a high elevation into a pond or other body of water, a pondless waterfall has no evident collecting point. Pondless waterfalls use a reservoir that is hidden under a collection of differently sized rocks to recirculate water through the pump system. These water features require very little maintenance and they are extremely safe for homes with small children or animals. Pondless waterfalls can take many shapes and sizes in order to suit any yard.

If you are interested in learning more about what a pondless waterfall is, or you would like to learn about our range of pond services and products, please connect with us by filling out a contact form on our website and we will get back to you.


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