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Pondless® Streams and Waterfalls


Does your yard have limited space? Do you have safety concerns associated with a traditional pond or swimming pool? Are you looking for the lowest maintenance option?  Then a pondless® stream and waterfall may be the perfect option for you.


Pondless® streams and waterfalls allow you to enjoy a beautiful, relaxing water feature without the maintenance of an ecosystem pond. The pondless® stream and waterfall is easier to install than an ecosystem pond, and requires even less maintenance than a pond or lawn. That's saying a lot, since a properly constructed ecosystem pond uses less water and is easier to maintain than a simularly sized lawn. The pondless® stream and waterfall is not only more cost effective than an ecosystem pond, but it even allows you to add a little touch of Zen to your front yard, without the safety concerns of a traditional pond.


It’s called a pondless® stream and waterfall, because there is no pool of water. The water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, giving it the appearance of a disappearing waterfall and stream. The water is captured in an underground basin, which houses the pump equipment, and is lined and filled with rock and gravel.  The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by the pump and travels through an underground pipe to the waterfall, down the stream and empties into the pondless® basin. You will still have the waterfall, stream, rocks and gravel, and aquatic plants (all of which you have with an ecosystem pond), just minus the pond and fish.  There are several standard-sized kits available, or Back to Nature Ponds can custom design your pondless® stream and waterfall.


Small Pondless® Waterfall

with 6' Stream

Medium Pondless® Waterfall

with 16' Stream

Large Pondless® Waterfall

with 26' Stream

Advantages of a Pondless® Stream and Waterfall



Cost can be a big factor when considering the type of water feature that you want to build.  In most cases, the price of a pondless® stream and waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials.  Operating costs are also less.   Pondless® streams and waterfalls can be activated by an electrical switch and may also be set to run on a timer.  Because you're not dealing with an established ecosystem, it's not necessary to run the pump 24/7. 



One of the best things about the pondless® stream and waterfall, is the possibility for the future.  If you change your mind later, wishing you'd built a pond, that's ok!  If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it's easy to add a pond onto a pondless® waterfall.


Pondless® streams and waterfalls are not only just for your backyard paradise, they are also perfect for someone looking for a front yard water feature.  Pondless® streams and waterfalls add something special to any landspace, even schools, hospitals, senior living facilities, restaurants and businesses! 

Virtually Maintenance-Free!!


Perhaps you travel often or maybe you are a "snow bird" who only lives in Florida seasonally?  Then the virtually maintenance-free pondless® stream and waterfall would be the perfect option for you!  Taking care of your pondless® stream and waterfall is easy.  Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss due to evaporation is all that's required.  You can also opt to install an automatic water fill valve to replace any water as it evaporates.  Pondless® streams and waterfalls can be activated by an electrical switch and may also be set to run on a timer.  Since you don't have any fish to worry about while you are away, there is no ecological need to run the pondless® stream and waterfall continuously.

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