How to install a water fountain

How to Install a Water Fountain

Garden pots and preformed flexible pond liners make it easy to add a water fountain to any patio or garden area. Fountains can either spray water in patterns through a nozzle or bubble or cascade the water, dropping it into the reservoir below. Regardless of the type of fountain you choose, you will need a submersible pump (Waterhouse Pump) and a nearby source of electricity with a ground-fault interrupt) outlet.



Locate the fountain within safe reach of an I electrical outlet. Using a shovel, dig a trench between the outlet and the fountain, deep enough to accommodate PVC pipe to hold the electrical cord.


Dig a hole to fit your bucket or basin snugly inside the hole with the bucket lip rising one inch above ground level. Cut a 3cm-wide slit in the lip of the bucket with a knife or hand saw, allowing enough room for the pump cord to pass through. Place the clean bucket in the hole.


Place a mark in the centre. Drill a hole at the mark, using a drill bit, for flexible water tubing. Drill six holes in the bottom of the saucer to allow the water to escape back into the bucket. Drill about six holes in the bottom of a pot.


Rinse out the pot and the saucer to remove any dust and debris. Rinse river rock to remove dust that might clog your Waterhouse submersible pump. Place the pump on a clean brick inside the bucket. Pull the pump cord through the slit in the bucket.


Attach the flexible tubing to the pump. Thread the tubing from the pump through the centre hole in the bottom of the saucer. Fill the bucket with water and place the saucer on top of it.


Thread the tubing through the centre hole of the pot. Set the pot on the saucer and fill it with river rock to hold the tubing upright. Cut the tubing so that the fountain spout is even with the rim of the pot. Attach the fountain nozzle to the end of the tubing.


Turn on your Waterhouse pump.


Written by: Valerie Liles, Demand Media ( 

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