SIDEBAR | Pond Projects: Breaking Ground in Australia

Published on December 31, 2014

Project BIO

  • Location: Somers, State of VictoriaAustralia project
  • Client: Doug and Dominique
  • Background and Request: This family spends a lot of time in the outback swimming in rock pools and billabongs and wanted the same experience when they are at home.
  • Specific Element requests: Jumping rock, edible plantings, water capture from roof and water tank overflow.
  • Design dimensions: 52-foot by 40-foot billabong with a 6.5-foot-deep swimming zone. The
    wetland filter area is approximately 380 cubic feet. Pond Volume: 26,000 gallons.
  • Materials: Granite Boulder (85 tons). River pebble (35 tons). EPDM 1.14 mm Firestone liner.
  • Equipment: Aquascape Inc. Equipment – Skimmer Signature 6, two 5,000-gallon Aquasurge pumps, Wetland snorkel and large centipede, 16 small Aquablox.
  • LED Lighting: 4 x 6 watt, 6 x 3 watt, 6 x 1 watt, 150-watt transformer with photocell.
  • Machinery: 14-ton Excavator, 4-ton Posi track loader.
  • Crew and Construction time: Three-man team and completed in 12 days.
  • Logistics: 1,300 miles from our base. A service truck traveled to the site with tools and materials, and the crew was flown in. Second project booked for same state to spread the travel costs.

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