Auto Fill Valve

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by aquamtic, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wondering what some are using for an auto fill valve for ponds to refill to a certain level due to evaportation

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  2. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Go to Aquatic Ecosystem's website and you'll be able to see some of the ones they sell. Auto-fill valves can cause problems under certain circumstances. For example, if your pond springs a leak while you're gone. An auto-fill valve with no restraint will turn your pond into a swimming pool (high chlorine content). That means bye, bye fishies. I have mine on a timer, so that it can only add so much water per unit time.
    http://www.aquaticeco.com/
    Vic
     
  3. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can you please describe your setup with the timer?
     
  4. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I went out and bought a sprinkler timer from Lowes. They range in price from $12 to $50. You can use them to turn on your garden hose sprinkler at pre determined times. It just screws on. I sweated a tee onto a water supply line in my basement, sweated a threaded fitting onto that, and adapted the fitting to garden hose thread. I was then able to install my timer onto that. From there I ran pipe through my basement wall and out to the vault that I put my auto-fill device in. That only allows it to fill the pond at certain times of the day. I currently have my timer to allow topping off between noon and 12:15PM. It's been a LONG time since it's needed to flow any water though. My overflow system sure has been working a lot lately though. A good overflow system is important in a good pond design too.

    Vic
     
  5. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Victor , What type of float valve are you using on your setup?
     
  6. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The float valve for my autofill system came with, and is contained inside the auto fill sump. I might have a pic of it I could post on here.

    Vic
     

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