Frequently Asked Questions

Water Feature FAQs


Do you have questions about your Swim Pond, pond, fountain? Looking for ideas and need more information?

See below to find answers to some of the more common water feature queries from our customers. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a question that isn’t answered below.

What type of water feature is best for me?

The answer to this question depends on how much space you have available, your budget, and your envisioned interaction with the feature (ie. swimming, water gardening). Some clients want to have the sights and sounds of a small waterfall, while others want to dive into their new Swim Pond. Contact us if you’d like to discuss your dream water feature.

What size of water feature is best?

Again, this decision is based on your available space and budget, but we recommend building as large as possible within the existing space. The number one reason people replace their existing water feature is to increase the size, so you may as well build your dream water feature the first time.

What is the maintenance requirement?

Relative to pools & hot tubs, there is less maintenance involved. An ecosystem pond is going to require about 15 minutes of weekly maintenance (cleaning the skimmer net, trimming overgrown aquatic plants, and adding the natural treatments to the pond), while waterfalls, streams, and fountains require virtually no maintenance at all. Ask us about maintenance packages and other cleaning services.

What does a pond cost?

There are many factors that can determine the final price outcome, such as:

  • Size of Water feature – dependent on space and budget.
  • Type of Feature – Prices vary for ponds, waterfalls, swim ponds and fountains.
  • Depth of Pond – The deeper you go, the more time and supplies you will need to complete the project.
  • Location – If your pond has any accessibility issues, installation will take longer and may increase costs.

Generally speaking, small water fountains and waterfalls range from $3600 – $7000, while more elaborate fountains and longer streams can range from $6500 – $20,000. Our small ponds (6x8ft) start around $6500, medium sizes start at $8900 and from there… the sky is the limit on custom sizes! The factors above do play a role in the estimate prices for each individual job. 


How long does it take to install a water feature?

Most water features can be installed in two to three days. Some larger installations may require a week or two. It all depends on what you want to accomplish.

How much electricity does pond hardware require?

This depends on the size of pump used and the cost of electricity in your area. Smaller (high-efficiency) pumps will cost less and larger, less efficient pumps will cost more. However, majority of the pumps installed have very insignificant power draw.

Should I add lights and fish to my pond?

Fish are an integral part of the pond ecosystem and add an interesting element to your water feature. Fish are attractive, entertaining, and even personable – much like a pet cat or dog. Their color can greatly enhance the visual impact of a pond, as well.

We recommend all clients add lights to their water features. Whether they have a small fountain or a massive pond, there is nothing like enjoying an evening outside with the gentle glow from landscape lights. Lights can be added during a build, or can be additions to a water feature. Streamworks Designs will also supply landscape lighting in the surrounding garden if requested.

Do I need to clean my pond?

YES! We recommend a spring and fall clean out and pond servicing every year. Some water features are fortunate to have limited debris fall on them during the year, however, most will have leaves, branches and other debris slowly degrade in them. This is why maintenance once and a while is important to preserve the proper function of the ecosystem and the mechanical parts.