Plumbing Overview

One of the most confusing parts of installing a pond is the plumbing. There are many different pieces that need to be used to make a system work optimally. We have a very extensive plumbing section at PONDS PLUS and everyone on our staff is experienced at putting these components together. Let us help you figure out how to do it right.

This page is going to go over a few of the key components to plumbing a pond. This will not be overly extensive. It is meant to give you an overview.

Drain Lines

Having an easy way to drain water from a water garden is extremely valuable. One easy way to do this is with a bleed out on the main line heading to the waterfall. This consists of a T-connector followed by a ball valve. You can adapt the line to take garden hose threads to easily attach the hose and water your garden or run the water to a drain.


A manifold is an apparatus of Tees and Valves that allow you to completely control the amount of flow going to each water feature. This is cleaner than having valves in different areas around the pond. We can help design the ideal manifold for your setup.

Choosing the right tubing

There are two different types of tubing commonly used on ponds, no-kink and flexible PVC. The no-kink is easier to work with but it is more brittle and more expensive. For the bulk of the line that runs from the pump to the waterfall we recommend the flexible PVC. The no-kink is ideal for short segments where you need to make a tight turn, such as the pump fitting into a skimmer. We usually recommend switching to the flexible PVC for the buried section of line. The type shown here is flexible PVC.

Make disconnecting lines easy with a Union

A union is a connector that allows you to easily detach one segment from another. This is especially useful near the pump so you can remove it for servicing.


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