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What is a Water Wall?

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  • Written By: N. Phipps
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 23 September 2018
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Similar to a waterfall, water wall fountains basically resemble basins with a continual trickle or sheet of water coming down. Due to their versatility, visual impact, and relaxation benefits, wall water fountains are becoming popular mainstays in the home, office, or garden setting. Like other water features, the sounds of trickling water add a sense of peace and tranquility to nearly any area. In addition, water walls add interest.

Even the most basic water wall feature can add dimension to an otherwise dull or flat area. Since these fountains can be found in numerous styles and sizes, water walls can be used in many settings, serving a variety of functions. Generally, however, they are used as eye-catching focal points or sources of meditation and enjoyment. One of the greatest advantages is the fact that these water fountains can be easily customized to fit any budget, purpose, or personal style.

Water wall fountains come in a variety of materials, from slate and marble to copper and stainless steel. Glass, fiberglass, and sculpted ceramic forms are also available. While stone fountains, such as slate and marble, tend to be the most popular, many people like the warm, earthy colors associated with those constructed from copper. Also commonly seen, especially in gardens, are the sculpted fountains in the form of lions, angels, or Asian designs.

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Wall water fountains can be mounted on a wall or free-standing. Although preassembled water wall fountains are readily available, they are also fairly simple to construct. All water walls feature the same basic parts, which can be easily obtained. A basin or reservoir is required for the base and can take the form of just about any types of waterproof container. To avoid tipping, most of the fountain’s weight should remain at the bottom; therefore choosing a sturdy base is recommended.

Re-circulating pumps, like those used for regular fountains, are used to circulate the water throughout the water wall. Generally, the pump and reservoir are connected by means of some type of tubing or pipe. A water delivery nozzle will also be necessary to control the water flow within the fountain. There are several types to choose from, depending on the desired effect. For instance, some people might like only a trickling of water, while others enjoy those that spill over or spray.

Side supports help pull the fountain together and should accommodate the overall size of the water wall. Finally, an electrical outlet will need to be located nearby to power up the pump. If desired, lighting can also be added to the water fountain for nighttime enjoyment.

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