Fountain Basics

Indoor Water Fountain Basic Information

No External Water Source Required

Typical indoor water fountains do not require a dedicated water source.  Instead, they contain pumps that pull the water from the reservoir pool or bowl and continuously recirculate that water through the fountain.  In almost all cases, the reservoir is built into the fountain itself.  However, a few of the free-standing fountain models are designed to be placed in an existing pond or small pool.  In those cases, a basin can be purchased to make it a standalone fountain.  You do of course have to add water occasionally to the reservoir to replace what is lost through evaporation, but it is no more work than watering your plants.

There is an optional filtering and auto-fill system  This system would be mounted outside the fountain and would require hookup to a customer supplied waterline. This is an optional additional feature for those that want it.


The pumps on these fountains run off of electricity.  While you may find some small novelty fountains that run on batteries, most indoor water fountains will need access to an AC electrical outlet.  Modern indoor fountains use very little electricity, no more than a small lamp.  If you tend to be a little more energy conscious, you might want to take a look at solar fountains for an alternative power option.


Lighting is an option for many indoor water fountains. Lighting is an excellent option for enhancing the visibility of the indoor fountain, setting the right romantic mood, or just adding a little more light to a darkened room. Strategically planned lighting can also greatly enhance the visual effect of your indoor fountain. The reflections of light gently riding on the waves of the flowing water can be quite mesmerizing. Some fountains even use backlighting, underwater lights, or even colored lights to create spectacular effects. If lighting is offered as an option, you may want to give it some serious consideration.

Sound and Flow Control

In addition to the visual appeal, that you are looking for, one of the things that you may want to give a little thought to is the type of sound that you want from your indoor water fountain.  Some fountain designs will sound like a gently babbling brook while others will sound like rain.  A waterfall or a water wall will have a gentle splashing sound to go with the other sounds.  Many fountains now give you the ability to adjust the speed of the pump.  Changing the speed of the flow of water can dramatically change the sounds.  Your flowing water fountain can have a gentle rippling sound at low speeds, but more of a rushing sound at higher speeds.  The sounds from a spray fountain may go from a light sprinkling rain to a full downpour by adjusting the flow control.  With adjustable flow control, you can change these sounds according to your mood.

Remote Control

Everything these days is being designed with remote functionality and indoor fountains are no exception.  While it’s not really necessary or, in some cases even practical, some indoor water fountains do come with a remote control.  Depending on the type of fountain you get, this may allow you to turn your indoor fountain, and its lights on and off as well as allowing you to adjust the flow control of the fountain from anywhere in the room.

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