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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Outdoor Water Fountain?

Last Updated: January 19, 2022

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An outdoor water fountain adds beauty and elegance to any property. Whether it is just a bird bath, a small garden fountain, or a large Roman Waterfall; with a fountain your landscape will be that much closer to paradise. The money you spend on an outdoor fountain will be recouped in resale value and years of peaceful tranquility. The upkeep on an outdoor water fountain is negligible, and the water, recycled. A fountain will also attract birds, butterflies, and other benign, pleasing wildlife that will create a serene environment for the homeowner. Most outdoor fountains are also made of some sort of stone, so they will last far longer than your house.

Outdoor Fountain Costs #

A simple garden fountain or bird bath can cost as little as $100 at your local hardware store. Conversely, you can have a landscaping artist design a pool fountain resembling a waterfall for several thousand dollars. The space you have for a fountain will determine the maximum size of your fountain and the cost. Generally speaking, the amount you spend on your fountain will mirror the cost of installing a fountain (that is, with minimal excavation). If you need extensive landscaping work done to install a fountain involving large digging equipment then expect the labor cost to be closer to double what you paid for the fountain.

Installing an outdoor fountain typically involves landscaping, electrical, and plumbing. The costs of the electrical and plumbing will vary with the distance your fountain is from a splicing point (where the contractor can cut into existing lines) and how much water/electricity is needed to run the fountain.

Solar Water Fountains #

The solar fountain is a special consideration when talking about installing an outdoor water fountain. Solar fountains are relatively new and, yet, they are starting to get a lot of attention. While the cost of a solar water fountain unit is higher than a standard one (on average about $500 more), the amount of money you save on operating costs is substantial. Moreover, you'll enjoy the peace of mind of reducing your carbon footprint. The electrical work needed for a standard water fountain is usually much more expensive than setting up a solar unit. A high-end solar fountain pump with a good solar collector and battery can power a pump for 24 hours a day.

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