Water features are a soothing addition to a garden or yard, but dancing water features provide an unexpected element. Dancing water features combine the relaxing ambiance of fountains and ponds with the entertainment of coordinated movement of water and lights. They can add an eye-catching feature to home ponds and pools.
Dancing water features use a series of submerged water jets that eject water through the surface of the water. Unlike fountains, dancing water displays are programmed to adjust the height or angle of the jets to create a dynamic water show. The height of the jets depends on the power of the submersible pump. Residential dancing water features include two to six individual water jets. Some more expensive models also include light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, or a function that allows you to coordinate the water show with music.
The dancing water features for your pool include both free-floating water sprayers and submersible pumps. Free-floating dancing water features use a small, battery-operated pump at the base of the fountain that circulates water from your pool and distributes it through a series of small hoses. The hoses sway and turn to create a water display, and some models include LEDs on the bottom of the pump to light up your pool floor. Another option is a submersible pump display that uses multiple jets set in a flat base to create a dancing water feature. Some have a remote control with programmed settings for adjusting the height of each water jet, the angle of the jet and the color of the LEDs installed in the base of the jet.
Features for large garden ponds are slightly more complex installations. Larger-scale versions of floating fountains similar to the models used in pools use high-powered pumps to draw in water and shoot it through a series of jets. Some of the most powerful models create streams as tall as 40 feet, while others base the stream height on the available water level. Permanent installations are also available for backyard ponds, using a stabilizing pipe installed in the ground at the base of the fountain. These include a standard setting that runs constantly. Some models have an option for controlling the jets to create a dancing display.
The right dancing water feature for your home depends on the water source used to power the pump. Larger, more powerful pumps require water depths of at least 3 feet. Free-floating pumps and pool submersibles are more flexible, and 1 foot of water is sufficient for most models. The most inexpensive options for homeowners are free-floating pool display features, which average between $50 and $75 as of 2010. Larger submersible models run $200 and higher, depending on the number of additional features. The most expensive options for pond dancing water features require professional installation, and the cost increases with yearly maintenance required to clean the pumps and ensure smooth operation.
- "Landscape Architecture: Water Features"; Alejandro Bahamon; 2007
- "Creations of a Craftsman"; Dancing Water (DW-DC) Cordless Water Fountain Instructional Booklet; 2007
- "Fairfield County Business Journal"; Backyard Ponds and Fountains Grow in Popularity; Bonnie Adler; 2003
- Photo Credit sheets of water in the fountain image by Irina Kodentseva from Fotolia.com
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