If you’re like many people, you probably loved fountains when growing up. Many people still love these water features as adults. Water fountains not only add beauty to bodies of water such as ponds and lakes but are also a source of tranquility. There’s nothing quite as soothing and relaxing as the sound of cascading water. However, there’s much more to lake and pond water fountains than simply fulfilling a childhood fancy or creating a tranquil space. Installing outdoor fountains will greatly improve your pond or lake in many ways.
How water fountains benefit lakes or ponds
- Improved Water Quality
Installing a water fountain in your lake or pond involves the use of a water circulation pump. This pump draws the surrounding water and forces it up and out into the air above. This action not only circulates water but also adds oxygen to the water. The addition of oxygen to the water promotes a healthy habitat for fish and aquatic wildlife and also improves its overall quality and clarity.
- Reduced Growth of Algae
Circulation of water helps to control growth of algae in water bodies. Aeration results in increased oxygen which in turn facilitates the conversion of chemicals such as phosphorus into forms that algae cannot use as food. Circulation also results in the distribution of algae spores into the deeper parts of the pond or lake. This deprives them of sunlight, and helps clear water bodies of their presence.
- Reduced Odor
Circulation of water in the lake or pond will result in the removal of noxious gases such as hydrogen sulfide that have accumulated in the lower levels of the water. Circulation releases these noxious gases to the air and aerates the water. The bad odors in the water are therefore greatly reduced.
- Better Habitat for Aquatic Life
Fountains create a better habitat for aquatic organisms to live and thrive. The ecosystem within your lake or pond will be greatly improved by increased oxygen levels. Circulation also improves light penetration as algae is reduced, thus allowing for organisms at deeper levels to enjoy sunlight. The reduction of noxious gases also creates a healthier environment for these organisms.
Lake and pond fountains are much more than an aesthetic feature. They will greatly improve your pond or lake’s health, clarity, and water quality. Consider the many benefits of these water features as outlined above and consider having a fountain installed to begin experiencing them!