What Type Of Water Should I Use In My Fountain?
The water used in your fountains will effect how your item looks and functions over time. Keeping fountains full that are not hooked up to auto fill lines can be one of the main chores that make your waterfall operational. The correct use of water will also vastly lengthen the life span of the water fountain and will reduce the maintenance and cleaning necessary. Many people do not at first realize that it makes much difference what king of water is used, probably because the different types of water all look the same to the naked eye. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is what we do not see that can be problematic.
Water which has been distilled is typically recommended on indoor water features. The distillation process removes most water free radicals including mineral deposits. 'Hard water' mineral deposits will cake onto fountain surfaces over time, especially around the edge of the water trough or where the water level rises and falls frequently over time as it evaporates and is filled accordingly. These deposits will also interfere with effective pump functioning where the water must proceed through narrow channels and pump propellers as it is forced through the system. Mineral build-up is a common source of pump failure. You can by distilled water in supermarkets usually in one gallon or 5 gallon plastic containers.
City (tap) water is not recommended for indoor fountain use. Many people begin by using distilled water, then over time graduate to just filling the fountain with tap water. If you forget to buy distilled water it is very easy to just fill from the tap, and easy habits are hard to break. Using tap water is not recommended because it will greatly increase the time needed to clean the fountain later on. The hard water deposits from tap water are not east to remove. You may also encounter other problems from using tap water including pump failure, decreased water flow resulting from obstruction and unsightly deposits on glass, mirror, stone and metal surfaces.
Some people can't keep an adequate supply of distilled water on hand, or forget to buy it regularly. In such cases a faucet mounted water filter can be better then nothing at all when it comes to keeping your fountain full. The filter will remove some calcium and hard water deposits and it very convenient, of course, but is not officially recommended over distilled unless it simply serves to steer people away from just using plain tap fountain water.
Reverse Osmosis Water
Reverse Osmosis water is obtained through the use of a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system. This is the best kind of water we can use on a fountain or waterfall. Unfortunately, RO systems can be costly so you may need to spend a little more up front to get the benefits of this type of water. You will also need a small space or cabinet to house the RO system near your water feature since they are typically external units and not housed within the fountain reservoir due to their complexity and size. People usually employ RO systems only on very big custom water features or healthcare type installations, using them on smaller household waterfalls can be overkill.
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