We are almost finished with this vanishing waterfall in Asheville.
A vanishing waterfall is different from a Pondless Waterfall.
With a traditional Pondless Waterfall, all of the water used to circulate in the falls is stored at the base of the falls in a ‘Pondless basin’ that is created using ‘Aqua blocks’ (basically structural milk crates) set inside a rubber liner and covered with river rock.
This is a good system and very functional.
However it leaves no room to filter out leaf debris that may fall into the system.
With a vanishing waterfall, we can install a leaf catch filter away from the system for easy maintenance.
Here you can see the Filtrific leaf catch filter tank set away from the base of the falls. We will backfill around the filter box so that it will be integrated into the landscape.
After the water in the system flows through the Filtrific filter box, in drops into the vanishing basin. This can be man made or you can use a pre-fabricated cistern.
For this project we built a 4000 gallon tank out of cinder block and lined the inside.
We also use Filtrific holding tanks or even plastic septic tanks for our systems.
You can install your submersible pump into the tank or draw water for the waterfall from the tank using an external pump.
Here’s a quick video of our current vanishing waterfall project in Asheville.
We are starting a new Pondless Waterfall in Asheville, NC this week.
This is a very unique job because the site of the waterfall build is 1000 ft downhill from our clients house in the middle of the woods! All the materials for this project will be brought down a system of switchback trails that our client has built over the last 15 years.
We just finished excavation and moving 20 tons of materials down the hill by hand.
It took a couple days of full time work to get all the rock and gravel down the hill.
We also ran into a large rock shelf during excavation. We have no power on site so we decided to use some old school techniques to get the rock out of our waterfall area. Using chisels and hammers we were able to split the shelf into pieces by hand, instead of going to get the generator and jackhammer. It was actually more time efficient to do it this way due to the site access.
We are now ready to build, A little sweat and blood later! But I think the end result will be worth it.
Check back in with us for more project updates.
Here is a video detailing the construction of a natural waterfall and bog filter in Asheville, NC