How to Slow Down the Water Flow in a Fountain

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Reducing the flow rate creates less splashing for a calmer fountain.

A fountain's water flow rate affects the sound of the fountain. A faster flow rate produces more noise. A slower flow rate provides a more tranquil mood and quieter fountain operation. In feng shui, a design method that emphasizes harmony of elements, indoor and outdoor fountains promote prosperity. Many fountain pumps come with a flow rate control that allows you to slow down the water flow in a fountain. In a few minutes, you can adjust the fountain's flow rate — or, for a small investment, replace your fountain's pump with a pump that comes with an adjustable flow rate.


Step 1

Unplug the fountain's power cord. Remove the housing that conceals the fountain pump, or remove the stones, shells or other material to access the pump.

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Step 2

Locate the flow control switch if the pump has one. Water fountains use submersible pumps designed for safe operation in water. The flow rate switch is usually a button that slides from side to side or a recessed dial located on one side of the pump's housing. An "S" indicates slow, and "F" is for fast.

Step 3

Move the switch or dial to the "S" position. If your fountain pump doesn't have a flow rate adjustment switch, it will only operate at one flow rate. If it has a tube, removing the tube can give the fountain a softer sound. Grasp the tube firmly right above the pump housing and pull it out. If you remove the tube, refill the fountain to a lower water level so there's only 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water above the fountain pump.


Step 4

Add or remove water if needed to adjust the fountain's water level. Scooping out water with a cup will reduce the water level for tubeless operation. Replace the housing or other items to conceal the pump.

Step 5

Plug the fountain pump back in.


Keep the fountain out of direct sunlight to reduce the risk of algae growth.

Add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar for each gallon of water to the fountain to reduce mineral buildup.


Don't unplug a fountain or other electrical device when your hands are wet. This could result in electric shock.

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