PONDS AND WATER USE:
The belief that ponds waste water is invalid (unless you build a leaky pond.
- The average pond, (just open water without a waterfall) has less evaporative loss than the same square footage of grass (Denver Water Board, 2002).
- Research indicates that the average pond, even with a high flow waterfall, may have an evaporative loss (at worst) equivalent to watering the same square footage of blue grass (which we are allowed to water!).
- Research by a local pond supplier indicates that ponds can save 28-50% of water use over sod, as most ponds replace sod areas far greater than the size of the pond alone.
Algae and “gunk” can grow in improperly equipped ponds.
- A pond is less maintenance than the same square footage of lawn. You don’t have to mow a pond. The average owner spends about 5-10 minutes per week maintaining his or her pond.
- Algae and “gunk on the bottom” are significantly reduced with the proper installation and use of equipment that is less expensive than high-tech, unsightly filtration. The key is to utilize the natural biological cycle that Mother Nature uses.
- Skimmers reduce organic media falling to the pond bottom by as much as 80%, and provide a clean water area which houses the pump, thereby increasing pump life 30-75%
- A biological waterfall filter significantly reduces algae by providing a medium for beneficial bacteria. These bacteria consume the microorganisms that algae feed upon, and the filter increases water clarity.
- The proper use of stone to cover the liner provides natural in-pond filtration.
- Fish and plants complete the cycle and help provide the proper balance in the nitrogen cycle.
- Very little water treatment is necessary, nor is it recommended.
- If treatment is necessary, a host of non-toxic, fish/plant/animal safe produces are available.
Safety is an important consideration.
- As of 2002 little regulation exists for pond placement. The only guide has been local codes for swimming pools, which sometimes read, “must be placed in an enclosed 5’ fenced area where access by others is limited.” Most areas of few codes for ponds, leaving it up to the owner to determine safety.
- Ponds can be built most effectively using terraced sides. The first terrace is shallow enough to allow a small child stability to stand up or crawl out. The terrace also serves as a stable platform for stone.
- Ponds can also be built using proper stone coverage to create stable, safe surfaces that may be walked upon.
- Water on the Rocks also installs waterfalls utilizing underground water storage, posing few dangers.
- As with any “danger” parental supervision is the key. Water safety training and guidance will eliminate most potential dangers.
COST and VALUE:
Ponds cost money, and have value.
- The average pond 9×11 with a multiple flow waterfall, fully installed, costs between $3500 – 5000.00.
- Often, while budgeting for landscaping, owners fail to budget what is necessary to have a beautiful water feature that is sized to their yard. Most first time builders wish they had built larger ponds.
- Water on the Rocks works with Do-It-Yourselfers who save typically $1500 – 2500 on their pond!
- The headaches from maintenance and algae are not worth the price of skimping on equipment. High efficiency pumps pay for themselves in 2-3 years.
- Several area realty companies report ponds have been a positive deciding factor for home sales.
- Ponds improve property values. A well-constructed pond is a highly valued part of landscape, considered almost as valuable as trees.
FUN and USABILITY:
Water features become a focal point and a lifestyle!
- Today, ponds are useable and durable. Ponds may be walked in, fished from, dogs can swim in them, people can too!
- Our liners are tough, from 45 mil to 90 mil. We have installed liner that livestock or elk can walk upon.
- We have yet to hear a pond owner complain! Ponds become a lifestyle, drawing their owners to enjoy their yards, while reducing yard maintenance.
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