Water Pump Applications For Swimming Pools And Fish Ponds

In the past two or so articles, we discussed the topic of low water pressure-related problems among one-storey houses and two- (or multiple-) storey buildings, focusing on the different ways the problem can be solved. Here, we will turn our attention to the challenge of circulating water in swimming pools and circulating as well as aerating water in fish ponds.

First off, let us delineate between the two problems; they have plenty in common, for instance 1.] You’d probably need at least two water pumps; 2.] The siphoning or suction rate will have to be vastly reduced; and 3.] The rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) might also have to be slowed down.

The table below expounds on the above-mentioned observations:

Similarities between Circulating Water in Swimming Pools and Circulating as well as Aerating Water in Fish Ponds

1.] At least two water pumps will probably be needed to get the job done: one that siphons water out of the pool/pond and another one that re-introduces water into the pool/pond
2.] The siphoning or suction rate will have to be reduced (as compared to home well pumps), so as:

    a.] Not to drain the pool/pond too quickly and empty it faster than refilling it

b.] To prevent accidents from happening among swimmers (in the case of swimming pools), like young or weak swimmers (i.e. kids) being sucked in by the suction force generated by the process of siphoning water from the pool. This implies that low-power jet-type water pumps should be used for this purpose

c.] To avoid destroying the fragile ecosystem of the pond (i.e. fish – both fries as well as adults – and aquatic plants get sucked in or ripped to shreds by the suction force, thereby killing them, or the fishes’ natural habitat will be irreparably damaged). This means that even lower-powered pumps (such as low-power submersible pumps) should be used for this purpose.

d.] Not to damage the point with the silt and debris sucked in

3.] The rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) might have to also be slowed down in order to prevent the pool/pond from overflowing. This means that we can use ordinary, low-power jet-type water pumps for this task.

However, there is also some degree of uniqueness in both cases. For example, for swimming pools:

  • The siphoning or suction rate will have to be moderately reduced (i.e., when compared to well pumps) so as not to suck in or injure young swimmers (i.e. kids) or weak ones. A low-power jet-type water pump may then be used for this purpose, especially if there are budgetary constraints
  • The siphoning or suction point has to be at the lowest point of the pool, preferably at the bottom so that the suction force will not affect swimmers at the surface/top of the pool
  • Before being reintroduced into the pool, the water should be filtered and/or chemically treated in order to rid it of bacteria and parasites (such as acanthamoeba, cryptosporidium, e. coli, giardia lamblia, and pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others) as well as pollutants (sweat, urine, mucus, saliva, hair, dead skin, sebum, and faecal matter as well as sun creams, perfumes, and cosmetics). This implies the use of moderately-sophisticated water filtration equipment for this task
  • Ideally, the rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) should slightly exceed the siphoning or suction rate so that the swimming pool’s water will continuously overflow, thereby wetting, cooling, and cleaning the floor immediately around the swimming pool. For this purpose, we could use low- to moderately-powered jet-type water jumps.

On the other hand, for fish ponds:

  • The siphoning or suction rate will have to be greatly reduced (when compared to that of the swimming pool) so as not to destroy the fragile ecosystems of the fish pond (see the comments in the earlier table).
  • The siphoning or suction point has to be at the middle of the pond, since positioning it at the top might:

a.] Suck in the fish fry (i.e., the young fish) which usually populate that area of fish ponds

b.] Suck in the algae, plankton, protozoa, and other food for young fish which are abundant at the surface/top of fish ponds, and which fish fry feast on

  • On the other hand, positioning the siphoning or suction point at the bottom of the pond might endanger the pond’s plants and bottom-feeding fishes, crustaceans, etc.
  • All of these mean that the water pump to be used in the siphoning or suction process in a fish pond should ideally be a screen-protected very low-power submersible pump
  • Additionally, a low-power submersible air pump (or several of them) should be used for aerating the fish pond, or agitating its water with air bubbles, which should help in re-oxygenating the water
  • Before being reintroduced into the pond, the water need not or should not be filtered and/or chemically treated, so that the pond’s delicate mix of plankton, protozoa, and other micro-organisms will be maintained, and so will the water’s pH level
  • Ideally, the rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) should equal the siphoning or suction rate so that the pond’s water will not overflow, as overflowing pond water might again endanger the fish’s fry and the algae, plankton, protozoa, and other food for young fish. For this purpose, we could use even lower-powered jet-type water jumps.

The table below summarizes these individual differences (between the swimming pool and the fish pond):

If you want to Circulate water in a Swimming Pool:

Whereas if you want to Circulate and Aerate water in a Fish Pond:

1.] You’d need a low-power jet-type water pump pointed at the lowest point or bottommost part of the pool. 1a.] You’d need a very low-power submersible pump positioned at the middle part of the pond.

1b.] Additionally, you’d need one or several low-power submersible air pumps for aerating the pond.

2.] Before being reintroduced into the pool, the water should be filtered and/or chemically treated in order to rid it of bacteria and parasites as well as pollutants, and moderately-sophisticated water filtration equipment would need to be used for this task. 2.] Before being reintroduced into the pond, the water need not or should not be filtered and/or chemically treated.
3.] The rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) should slightly exceed the siphoning or suction rate, so we should use low- to moderately-powered jet-type water pumps for this purpose. 3.] The rate of reintroduction (or pouring rate) should equal the siphoning or suction rate, so we should use even lower-powered jet-type water pumps for this task.

Basic Reasons for Switching to Electric Water Pumps

Electric water pumps are among the most fundamental household machineries. From the time the house plan is conceptualized, the water source, system and supply are those which are given topmost priorities. There are a number of reasons why this is so.

The first reason would be concerning the health of the household dwellers. Since water is a basic and even a vital commodity, it has to be made readily available. Household water supply is basically for drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning purposes. While some homes prefer to have separate sources for drinking water, others prefer the convenience of having one whole supply system which would serve multiple purposes.

Multi-purpose water pumps would then be preferable for the above mentioned homes. One water source is used to serve all the four purposes, while mechanically the family does the work of filtering the portion intended for drinking. Drinking water could also be pumped out of the storage tank in order to obtain the water needed at the moment. Other options for some families include the use of electric filtering instead of the mechanical sort. Electric filters can also come as part of the multi-purpose pump system.

A second reason that could be provided for favoring the use of an electric water pump in a residential setting would be convenience. Present technological advancements demand a lifestyle that is almost always in motion and with only a few instances at rest. Such lifestyles would in turn demand households to employ fast and reliable machineries such as electric pumps to convey supplies of fresh water. The traditional use of mechanical wells had been left out in the movement of time, since they consumed too much effort and intervals before one is promised of obtaining the desired amount of water.

So far, the pumps Australia had been recommending for household usages have been of the convenient types. This convenience is again based on speed and the efficiency of usage and functionality. Machines run by electric motors are well able to do this. While costing financially, they are also able to perform with an excellence equivalent to the height of the costs.

Perhaps the third and last reason usually considered by those who have tried an electric water pump is affordability. While the household might be forced to make additional investments for the purpose of switching from a mechanical pumping system to the electrical sort, the costs would not really be that big, compared to the advantages that could be enjoyed by the switch. Apparently, many households have switched to electrical pumping systems because of all the three reasons combined. They have seen that the vital importance of water, the convenience of having a fast and reliable water supply, and the practicality of the electric pumping systems are convincing enough to base their choice upon.

Recent Technologies Maximise Water Pump Utility

The use of water pumps has been extended from the more traditional home water supply system to its business utility for, for instance, pools and artificial fountains. Today, Australia has a lot more to experiment on, particularly in making pump technology more extensive.

While the physics behind pumps may be said to be ancient, the practicality of such inventions has proven strong even up to the present time. Indeed, pumps have remained useful from serving along the most fundamental purposes of water distribution and supply, up to serving even the most exotic business ventures today made available for recreation purposes.

Of the many business ventures that make use of the speck pumps as the primary mechanical machines, the business on swimming pools has continued to attract both entrepreneurs and people of the higher classes. While the two groups view the technology very differently – with the former looking at it as a source of income, and the latter, of refreshment and admiration – the usability and improvement of such pumping devices has increased fairly well in recent years.

For instance, above-the-ground-pool pumps have recently been employed for the purpose of optimising the pool system’s mechanism in gathering water into the pool, even at levels where extra energy is needed just to reach the quite challenging height. The appearance of this type of water pumps has been well appreciated by both the high class tourists and the most enthusiastic and innovative businessmen. Reasons include the huge opportunity of building the recently highlighted infinity-edge pools, boasting of a location at the topmost storey of a tall city building. Businessmen certainly have loved this innovation since they would now have a new and unique source of income, and investment and networking opportunities. They could also combine this innovation with a plan on establishing a hotel with a perfectly functioning infinity-edge pool at the topmost storey. On the other hand, tourists would be finding more reasons to relax and enjoy a uniquely exhilarating experience for that matter.

So far, the pumps Australia has been highly recommending are those that best promote the preservation of the natural environment. While technology could be said to have gone far, really, in terms of the quality and the speed of its advancements, Aussies remain to have high regards towards environmental preservation and natural disaster prevention. As such, environment-friendly pumps have continued to evolve, not only in terms of the improved percentages of carbon dioxide emissions, but also in their capabilities to compete with high-end and more sophisticated pumps.

Indeed, as time will go on to give way to the birth of more modern technologies, pumps will also be expected to reach utility horizons which would be maximising the benefits for both the businessmen and all other classes of individuals.