How To Build A Reservoir Fountain

If you enjoy the sound of gently rushing water, and would like to install a fountain that will not require watering quite as often, you may want to consider installing a reservoir fountain.

Reservoir fountains differ from regular fountains in that most of the water used is concealed, and thus is less prone to evaporation. ¬†Also, they have a different aesthetic from “above-ground” fountains.

Here is a quick guide on what you will need to build your reservoir fountain, along with instructions on how to build it:

Be sure to have the following:

  • Pick and shovel
  • Tamper
  • Shims
  • Level
  • Sawzall
  • Reservoir (usually 2’x2’x10.5″, 3’x3’x10.5″, or 4″x4″x10.5″)
  • Cinder blocks
  • Submersible pump (290-1900 GPH; depending on size of reservoir and on pottery/rockery used for fountain)
  • Tubing and fittings for pump
  • Shut-off valve for same
  • Reservoir cover rack (usually comes with reservoir)
  • Fine mesh screen to cover surface area
  • 1-2″ Pebbles (150-225 LBS)
  • Plumbed rocks or pottery

Instructions in brief:

  1. Dig hole to fit reservoir
  2. Level/Tamp earth
  3. Insert reservoir
  4. Arrange cinder blocks to support pottery/rockery, allowing space for tubing and pump
  5. Re-level
  6. Connect tubing to pump, cut tubing at easy access point and adjoin ends with shut-off valve to allow for flow adjustments later
  7. Place pump in reservoir
  8. Use sawzall to cut approximately 6″x12″ access plate/hole for/in rack (be sure to have cinder blocks beneath part of access area to support plate, as it will be refitted to rack when you are not accessing pump when removing it)
  9. Cover with cover rack, and later, with plate
  10. Cover rack with screen
  11. Cut holes in screen to accomodate tubing and pottery/rockery
  12. Thread tubing through holes in rack to where pottery/rockery to be placed
  13. Connect pump tubing to pottery/rockery, and place same on rack
  14. Fill reservoir with water (and if you are using pottery, fill that as well)
  15. Plug in pump
  16. See where water flow is uneven
  17. Shut off pump
  18. Level pottery/rockery with shims
  19. Plug pump back in
  20. If all looks good, then cover exposed screen with pebbles so you only see pottery/rockery and pebbles
  21. Success!




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