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Ponds and Ornamental Water Features

Ponds and ornamental water features can range in size from small lakes to tiny self-contained pebble water fountains.

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A modern famous example of ornamental water feature is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.In landscape architecture and garden design, an ornamental water feature is any of a full range of fountains, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, and streams. Prior to the eighteenth century ornamental water features were usually powered by gravity, though the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon are believed to have been supplied by an Archimedean screw. Other examples were supplied with water using hydraulic rams. Water has been used in landscape gardening for centuries, adding a precious extra dimension to the garden and providing an environment in which ornamental fish, native fish, frogs, newts and all other sorts of wildlife can thrive. Since the eighteenth century the majority of ornamental water features have been powered by pumps. The power source was sometimes a steam engine but in modern gardens it is almost always electricity. There is an increasing range of innovative designs as the market becomes more established and people become more aware of the advantages of using solar power. These advantages include environmental benefits, no mains electricity in the garden, and free energy.

Modern water features are often self-contained, involve pond liners and pond pumps, meaning that they do not require water to be plumbed in; water is recycled from a hidden reservoir, also known as a sump. The sump can either be contained within the water feature, or buried underground in the case of an outdoor water feature.

An ornamentel water feature may be indoor or outdoor and can be any size, from a desk top water fountain to a large indoor waterfall that covers an entire wall in a large commercial building.


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