MAKING THE FOUNTAIN
CONNECTIONS To keep my options open, I chose a pump powerful enough to push the water above the waterline. If it proved to be too powerful I would restrict the water flow with the shut-off valve I purchased. (It’s important NOT to put anything that restricts the flow of the water ahead of the pump intake.) I played around with different pipe configurations, swapping elbows and hoses until I came up with a design I liked. Remember, my plan was to make the pump easy to disconnect. I finally decided to connect the shut-off valve with a pair of 3/4-by-3/4-in.
pump with a timer.
The Hidden Reservoir Basin. I purchased my pump and basin from a local nursery. The basin is 36” x 36” x 14” deep and is made of reinforced plastic. The grating is reinforced PVC with a mesh netting covering the grate. The mesh netting helps keep debris and small stones from falling into the reservoir. Cost for the basin was $200.00. The basin will house the reservoir water pump, some pipe and other connections and will be filled with water. This basin is designed to be installed at ground level and covered with decorative stones. I planned on using Mexican beach pebbles, which are black and smooth.
Water Pump. With help from the nursery’s water fountain expert, I chose a Little Giant submersible
The basin is covered with reinforced PVC grating and a mesh netting that would eventually be covered with pebbles. Shown here are the basic components.
A submersible pump is used to recirculate the water. I experimented with the fountain components before deciding on a system.