Platinum Ponds & Landscaping

Pondless Waterfalls – A Unique Addition to Any Space

Waterfalls are often considered the most beautiful aspect of a landscape. In addition to their aesthetic, waterfalls serve a valuable purpose in ecosystems by aerating water for aquatic life and recirculating beneficial bacteria that keep surrounding water algae free.

Could a waterfall survive without a pond? Absolutely! These unique features are known as pondless waterfalls


The name explains it all. It’s a waterfall without a pond. Why would you want a waterfall without a pond? A pondless waterfall is a great alternative for a homeowner who isn’t ready to commit to a full-fledged pond or doesn’t have the space. A pondless waterfall allows you to get your “feet wet” with water features without “taking the plunge” into an ecosystem pond. Maybe you’re just not that crazy about having fish but you enjoy the sound of running water in the landscape. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a pond in your backyard but want to add a smaller water feature in the front yard. A pondless waterfall adds great curb appeal and is a truly unique way to welcome friends and family at the front door.

A complete system

If it’s hard for you to imagine a waterfall without a pond, it must be hard to figure out how it works. Questions like, “Where does the water come from?” and “Where does the water go?” are common for inquiring minds. The truth is that a pondless waterfall works much like a regular pond.

An underground basin is excavated and lined with fabric and a rubber liner, followed by AquaBlox, topped off with rock and gravel, and filled with water. The water is circulated from the basin to the waterfall by a pump that sits in a below grade vault. Water flows over the waterfall feature and back into the basin. The water level doesn’t pool above the rock and gravel and gives the appearance of a pondless waterfall.

It’s that easy

A pondless waterfall requires less maintenance than an ecosystem pond. You’ll only have to refill the basin every few weeks to compensate for water loss due to evaporation. What’s more – you can turn off your pondless waterfall when you are away because there is no ecological need to keep it running.

Future possibilities

Perhaps the best part of a pondless waterfall is the possibility it lends to the future. It can be a stepping-stone for people who may be interested in a full-fledged pond. Make sure that the waterfall is facing your viewing area to gain the maximum benefit from this landscaping treasure. There is nothing worse than getting a water feature and not being able to see it from your favorite vantage point.

If you have small children, they’ll love playing outside in the water and you can rest assured they’re safe in a natural oasis. Watch the wonder on their faces as they encounter frogs, birds, butterflies and other critters that find their way to your watery habitat. You’ll also be amazed at the tranquility it provides after a hectic day.

A pondless waterfall is a great alternative for those who are looking to fit a little “peace” of paradise into their own yard!