Even more exciting than the visual pleasure of a garden waterfall is the lovely sound!  Many local waterfalls are built with a closed circulation system where they appear to be flowing into one end of a swimming pool but are actually self-contained systems.
  Waterfalls should be located as close as possible to where you'll be relaxing, so you can hear the 'symphony of water sound.' In most instances that location will be next to your patio, deck or seating area. Even though the large rocks used in waterfall construction will require heavy lifting, it's possible for most homeowners to install a small garden waterfall. While most waterfalls flow into a pond, it's also possible to build a pondless waterfall. If things are positioned just right next to your swimming pool, you can build a waterfall that appears to flow directly into your pool.
The waterfall has its own small catch pond and independent recirculation pump to send the non-pool water back up to the top of the waterfall. As an option you might consider adding a separate pond for fish.


Indoor waterfall



waterfall in the woods

The following considerations should be made when first planning a waterfall...

1. Location
You'll enjoy your waterfall most if it is located close to your patio, deck or seating area. 
2. Solid Ground
Pick a spot where the ground is stable. Avoid wet areas and loose soil which may eventually settle. 
3. Sun
It's best to keep waterfalls and ponds out of the shade... locate them where they receive 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. 
4. Roots & Leaves
Placing the waterfall too close to trees will create problems with leaf debris. Tree roots may also damage your waterfall over the years. 
5. Power
The waterfall pump will require a power source, so consider how you'll run your electric lines. Check local codes for proper wiring.

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