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Discussion in 'Water Features' started by ColePyck, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 208

    hey I have a pretty large fountain, how do you guys go about keeping them filled? I was thinking of running a line off my irrigation and having it kick on 3 times a day for 5 minutes, it seems like the thing is always running out of water. Thanks
  2. BPC

    BPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    I normally run a 1/2" line from the main line to a manual float switch inside the fountain.
  3. landscaperbob

    landscaperbob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    where might one purchase a manual float switch ? Just installed a 6'- 3 tier in a windy location and customer not happy having to monitor/fill.
  4. BPC

    BPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    I normally get them from my irrigation supply house or a local pond distributor. It almost looks like the float in the back of a toilet bowl. As the water level drops it opens a fill port which closes as soon as it hits the right level.

  5. landscaperbob

    landscaperbob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    I have used these for ponds but thought there might be something smaller available for fountains. Anyone ?
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    You should not be loosing water like that. There must be a leak or you are getting too much splash out of the falls. I would look into these possible problems before going about about filling it up three times a day. Buy yes, you sure can do that by adding a separate irrigation valve on a controller, running a water line or dripline to the pond and setting it to run whenever you want.
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    She is right...you should not be losing so much..."bob's float" valve would
    work if you had a mainline close..they do work good, but hard to hide.
    Check filtrific.com for the cool stuff, including a
    u.v. treatment unit that works. Check under" accessories "@ their site.:waving:

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