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It's not necessary to have a pond to enjoy water movement in a waterfall or stream. A pondless watercourse substitutes a gravel bed for the pond and filter. For the most realistic appearance, the design should be integrated into an existing hillside, and the surrounding site should be covered with rocks similar to those used in the watercourse.

In the illustration, the watercourse is excavated as a series of terraces. Liner Protection Fabric is laid over the soil and covered with a rubber pond liner. Rounded rocks form the edge of each terrace, while the horizontal surfaces are covered with coarse river gravel that completely conceals the rubber liner. Water is drawn through the gravel into a pump vault. A submersible pump conveys the water underground into the bottom of a waterfall weir. Reaching the top, the water spills over a flat rock set on the lip of the filter, beginning the waterfall.

pondless watercourse

PONDLESS WATERCOURSE KITS: We can custom design a complete kit with everything required to build a lily pond of any size and shape. Typical components are shown below, along with page references for more information. When construction is completed, we can also ship a package of appropriate plants.

boxed liner

rubber liners

convertible pump

automatic pumps

protection fabric

protection fabrics


waterfall weirs

pondless vault

pump vaults

flex pipe

flexible pipe



biological clarifiers

fabric pot

fabric planting pots

gate valve

valves and fittings


underwater light

underwater lights

liner fitting

liner penetration fittings



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