Inexpensive Easy Pond Waterfall

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Inexpensive Easy Pond Waterfall

Having a pond waterfall in the backyard is stunning.  not only is a pond wonderful a conversation starter and it also provides relaxation. This article is going to look at how to make your own pond waterfall at home.

Before I made my waterfall pond I assumed waterfalls work complicated. And even once I was trying to construct mine I kept on overcomplicating the process. The first thing your mind goes to you is how do I make a gradient from which a waterfall can run from. 

The second thing you think about is how do I prevent water loss from splashing. The third how the heck do I even get water to go against gravity!? And I was able to overcome all of these with one of the simplest Pond waterfalls I’ve ever seen. I’ve been operating my pond waterfall for over three years now. I have not had any issues to date and the start-up in the spring is simple as ever. 

What You Will Need:

  • A pond or body of water
  • A pond pump, this is fully submersible
  • PVC hose that fits to the output flow of your pump
  • 2 hose clamps
  • Large Rubbermaid or bucket
  • 1 PVC nipple that fits your hose.
  • 1 PVC pipe in the thickness you desire. Mine is 1 in diameter
  • Decor to make your waterfall such as rocks. For my waterfall, I used an old car rim.
  • One tube of bathroom caulking

If you saw our video on DIY stock ponds you probably know exactly what direction this is going in. If you have not seen that video be sure to check it out because it will give you an idea of how this is set up.

Step One: Take your Rubbermaid and cut a hole big enough to fit the PVC nipple. This hole should be close too the top of the container and on the side most convenient to place to connect the pond pump PVC.

Step Two: Place the nipple in the Rubbermaid hole and seal the area with caulking.

Step Three: One that is dry cut another hole big enough to fit your PVC waterfall pipe. Put it in the middle of the Rubbermaid where your waterfall will be. Feel free to place your bin on top of something to get more height. But remember this is semi-permanent so make something that will last.

Step Four: Caulk around the area that has the PVC waterfall

Step Five: Attach the PVC tube onto the pond pump outlet and hose clamp into place.

Step Six: Attach the other end of the PVC tube to the nipple attached to the Rubbermaid and hose clamp it.

Step Seven: Run your pump to see if you have any leaks and how your waterfall functions. If the Rubbermaid is not level your waterfall may not work properly. Make your adjustments now.

Step Eight: Assemble the waterfall around your PVC Pipe. If you want a wider current place a rock in front of the PVC outlet.

And that is it! Seriously this waterfall is that easy and can be used for any size of a pond. If you are wanting to get more flow than look for pond pumps with a higher GPM. The gallons per minute (GPM) tell you how fast the current is. Let me know in the comments if you have an idea for a pond waterfall that is simple to assemble.