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Pond Fountains in Dallas TX: Pretty or Practical?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

There are many water retention areas in urban neighborhoods and communities across the United States. While any body of water tends to be pleasing to the eye, you may often see pond fountains in Dallas TX water retention areas, too. Are they simply an attractive amenity? Or is there a functional purpose to their being there?

While some of these aquatic areas were on the property prior to development, most were built for water retention to help manage the rain runoff when there is a lot of precipitation. However, both types poses a challenge to property owners. Because they are generally located in highly populated areas, they can quickly accumulate chemicals, leaves, and other waste that can harm the plants and animals living in the water.  Although this is a vital purpose, without proper care the water in these areas can become stagnant, dirty, and a detriment to the property value.

One of the best ways of dealing with these issues is to increase the oxygen levels of the water. When pollutants such as fertilizer, oil, and bacteria enter the water, biological processes can help break the materials down so they no longer pose a threat to the animals living in the water. Increasing the oxygen content can help some elements get heavier so they sink to the bottom more quickly. Other substances react with the oxygen and water and are released into the air. Either way, it helps keeps the pH levels and mineral content of the water at optimal levels.

In addition to helping rid the water of chemicals, oxidizing water also helps with the decomposition process. Oxygen in the water speeds up the rate of decomposition of organic materials by bacteria in the water. This helps keep the water less cluttered with debris.

Finally, the simple act of agitating the water in order to aerate it helps increase the surface area of the water. When the bacteria decompose organic matter, the main byproduct is carbon dioxide. Too much carbon dioxide in the water can have a negative impact on fish and other animals who reside there.  Increasing the surface area allows the carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere more quickly.

Although all of these benefits can be introduced into the ecosystem using other aeration devices, why do some people choose to use pond fountains in Dallas TX to accomplish this same purpose? The primary reason is an aesthetic one. Most people find the sound of running water relaxing, and aeration devices generally create more of a gurgling sound than a splashing. Aeration devices are more functional and can aerate larger bodies of water effectively, yet they are not nearly as attractive. There are literally dozens of spray patterns available for these decorative water displays. Some pumps can float on top of the water, but most work underneath the surface of the water where they can be most efficient in aeration. Larger bodies of water may need more than one pump installed, but multiple sprays are simply an added level of decoration.

The beauty of these aquatic decorations is not limited to the spray patterns, either. There are many lighting options available to property owners. Multiple lights, colored lenses, and moving lights all give pleasure to the observer.

These pond fountains in Dallas TX retention areas are generally managed by using a relatively simple control panel. When units are installed, the installer will train the property owner or management staff on how to use it properly. And although there is some maintenance involved with the pump, many companies that sell the products are also available for maintenance and repair services. Overall, these water attractions are an asset to property owners by pleasing the senses as well as improving the ecology of the area.



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