Aquascape Pondless Waterfalls by Just Add Water

Aquascape Pondless Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

Waterfalls are undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go with an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall is not for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who is not quite sure if a pond is right for their family.

Pondless Waterfall Illustration

Safety… Because there is no pool of water, an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall is a great option if you are concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

Space… The small size of the Aquascape Pondless Waterfall means you can build and enjoy beautiful waterfalls anywhere in you yard.

Maintenance… Taking care of your Aquascape Pondless Waterfall is easy. Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation is all that’s required.

Child Safe Stream with waterfalls

An Aquascape Pondless Waterfall can fit in tight spots such as in a small landscape bed near the front door. The child safe stream and waterfalls greet guests and simply disappear at the end of the water feature. This Aquascape Pondless Waterfall was built in the spring of 2011 by Just Add Water in Des Moines, Iowa.

s, the price of an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials. Operating costs are also less because you are not dealing with an established ecosystem. It is not necessary to run the pump 24/7.

Dog playing in waterfalls

“Speedy” cools off in her pondless waterfall after a hard afternoon of chasing tennis balls and “causing a ruckus” at Kidman Tree Farm in Polk City, Iowa. Not only is the disappearing stream child safe, it is also perfect for people with pets. When Speedy is not enjoying the “chasing waterfalls”, she lives with Chris Thompson, owner of Just Add Water.

Flexibility… Perhaps the best part of the Aquascape Pondless Waterfall is the possibility for the future. If you change your mind later and wish you had build a pond, that’s ok! If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it’s easy to add a pond onto an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall.

Waterfalls in Johnston Iowa with a landscape fountain as the beginning

An Aquascape Pondless Waterfall does not just have to be waterfalls and a stream. This Johnston, Iowa client requested Just Add Water include a bubbling rock in the Aquascape pondless waterfall. “Ask and you shall receive”….

Sustainability… The Aquascape RainXchange System is a revolutionary design that combines a recirculating decorative water feature, usually with waterfalls) with a sub-surface rainwater harvest storage system. Basically, we are talking about an oversized Aquascape Pondless Waterfall with some extras.

Waterfalls with moss rock

These waterfalls were constructed with moss sandstone boulders. It was built in Ames, Iowa in 2011by Just Add Water

Complete System… It might be difficult to imagine waterfalls and streams without a pond. Where does the water go after is spills over the waterfalls? An Aquascape Pondless Waterfall is constructed much like a regular pond. The hole is dug and then lined.  Aquabloxs are installed, rock and gravel are set to build the waterfalls and stream, and then the system is filled with water. When the pump is turned on, water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by the pump that sits on the bottom of the basin inside an Aquascpae Snorkel Vault. Plumbing runs from the pump up to an Aquascape BioFalls Filter or Spillway. From there, it spills into the overflowing waterfalls and streams making it’s way back to the reservoir. Since the water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel, it gives the appearance of waterfalls without a pond.  The “pond” is there, but it is not visible.

Garden with a Scale Train Layout and waterfalls

This Aquascape pondless waterfall system serves as the stream system for the Garden Scale Train Layout in a healing garden in Blair, Nebraska. An Aquascape pondless waterfall was chosen because of it’s ability to fit in the narrow raised landscape bed and provided the property with a low maintenance water feature. Just AWater built these waterfalls in the spring of 2010.


The Aquascape Pondless Waterfall has made many water-lovers who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water very happy. Waterfalls are a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard. In other words, when all else fails … go with waterfalls by choosing an Aquascape Pondless waterfall!

Just Add Water is a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor.  If you are not in the Des Moines, Iowa metro, find a Certified Aquascape Contractor

Disappearing Child Safe Stream