Meet Your Team

Passionate Individuals Here To Help You Get Your Dream Water Feature

Master Aquascape Certified Contractor since 2006

Meet Chris Thompson

Hi! I’m Chris, owner of Just Add Water. Bringing water elements to people’s yards has always been a passion of mine. When I lived in Michigan, I was used to having the wonderful effects of water around me. When I moved to Iowa, I wanted that same feeling in my new home. I had a vision for my yard, and I stopped at nothing to get it. 

Adding that water feature to my daily life has been a challenge and a rush I’ll never forget. From there, it expanded into the business that you see today. Over the years, I assembled an outstanding team that is as passionate and dedicated as I am. We take great pride in what we do, and we always deliver quality results that make our customers happy. When you choose to work with us, you have a reliable team on your side.

Our Mission Statement

We are here to inspire the lives of our customers and employees with a positive fun experience by completing landscapes with beautiful natural ponds, waterfalls, and fountains while providing knowledgeable superior customer service.

Why We Do What We Do

Since we began our journey in 2005, we always have strived to give our customers the best experience possible. We treat our clients like friends, and we work on their projects as if they were our own. 

We do things with passion, and we enjoy the work we do. We make sure to listen to the vision you have for your home and do everything we can to deliver on that.

Whether you want to add a splash of water to your home with a fountain or upgrade your yard with a pond, we’re here to help. So tell us your ideas, and watch us bring them to life!

Master Certified Aquascape Contractor

Just Add Water has been a Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) in Iowa since 2006. What does this mean? Well, as a CAC, Just Add Water is one of the most qualified and informed pond builders in the water garden industry. We are required to attend continual training and education seminars. At Just Add Water, we make it a top priority to maintain a record of outstanding work, dedicated customer service, and support.

Chris Thompson

Chris started Just Add Water in 2004 and has worked to create a brand that people love to be a part of. In 2006 he became a Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) and is now the only Master Certified Aquascape Contractor in Iowa. Having over 17 years experience with designing, building, and owning water features, his passion for the work continues to grow.

Now focusing on sales, business management, and client interaction, Chris loves working with clients in the sales process to help create their dream feature.

Will Ries

Will is our main foreman. He has a background in horticulture and landscape design pairing with his over 8+ years working with Chris at Just Add Water. Will works with the crew to bring knowledge and expertise to each build. 

Always striving to grow and exceed the expectations, Will is always pushing himself and the crew to try new designs. Together they aim to exceed customer expectations and create the best possible feature and build experience for each client.

The Just Add Water Team In The Field

Our passionate team is always ready to tackle any challenge.

Happy Customers Are The Proof

Having a water feature designed for you will enrich your day-to-day life. See what our customers say about working with us.


We had a little difficulty getting the job done due to the unusually wet weather. Will made sure that the job was done to our specifications.

Will made sure he understood exactly how we wanted the repairs to our pond to be completed. Very professional. We were very pleased with the end result.

Karla McDowell


Will at Just Add Water came up to Jefferson and talked with us twice about placing a pondless water feature in our gardens.

He was very professional and gave us many good ideas.

Johnny Turpin


All I can say is WOW! This company is comprised of a group of professional gentlemen who care about what they do. From the first call to the final walkthrough, we couldn’t have been more pleased.

The end result is far better than what we could have imagined. If you’re looking for a quality company to design and care for your water feature in Iowa, call Just Add Water.

Kasi Koehler

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