Disappearing or “pondless” water features have been quite popular in recent years. Since their introduction, these cascading waterfalls have wowed many a passerby with a perplexing design that makes you scratch your head. Water is contained within a system that re-circulates everything to the top of the waterfall. In this way, it appears as though the waterfall is never ending.
What is a Disappearing Waterfall?
A pondless waterfall operates very similarly to a traditional pond minus the body of water. This gives it the illusion that the water is disappearing into a bed of gravel. Within this gravel bed is a water pump that is used to circulate the water back up to the top of the water fountain.
Without the need for a pond, water seeps through the rocks and into a catch basin where it is then pumped back into circulation. Most disappearing waterfalls are operated by a switch so you don’t have to leave them on all day. Add a few energy efficient LED lighting features and you’re in for the perfect combination. The lights will hit the water and create the perfect outdoor oasis that is awe-inspiring and equally relaxing.
Are they expensive?
This may be surprising to you but disappearing water features do not cost more than traditional water gardens. In fact, building expenses can run below the cost to build a comparable pond. Depending on how ambitious you are, the cost of a pondless water feature can be a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Some believe that re-circulating waterfalls are one of the best investments for the backyard! I can’t say they’re wrong!
Pondless waterfalls are known as being the “kid-friendly” solution for parents who want a water feature in their backyard. These disappearing waterfalls do not contain any free-standing water so it eliminates the risk for small children.
Since they don’t need a pond, pondless water systems are compact and can be built in small spaces. This can be a great addition for those who have smaller backyards. It’s a small change that can make a large impact.
The sound of soft trickling water is soothing and holds restorative properties. Whether you’re stepping outside to inhale a breath of fresh air or simply adding to your garden, pondless water features are eye-catching creations that add an element of peace to your backyard retreat.
About the Author
This post was written on behalf of Fountain Crafters by Cheryl Khan. Cheryl is a contributing writer to the Fountain Crafters Blog and can be contacted on G+ or @SuperInteriors.