An Ingenious Way To Water Birds

How do you feed-water 1,400 birds? You don’t. You give them a continuous supply of water and don’t worry about it.

We created a BioPond, which means self-contained. It’s a pond with a waterfall where the water is filtered, recycled and pumped up the hill to the birds in their flights. We dug a hole 14 x 14 x 8 feet deep, had frames put in, then figured out how to purify the water for the birds by using a combination of fish, plants, UV lights and filters.

Basically, this is what it boils down to: you put koi fish in the pond and feed them, the fish eventually eliminate their waste, which the plants then eat. That puts oxygen back into the water. The plants also take out other contaminants that the fish put in. Then all we had to do was UV light it to kill all the bacteria and we were good to go.

By the time we finished, we had three miles of pipe underground in a continuous loop. The pump pumps the water up the hill, down the hill and back up again. And in between, it’s filtered in the pond. And because it’s a loop, each individual flight has the same water pressure.

We now have a 13,500-gallon pond whose water is pumped through the filters three times every hour. The water stays cold, which means it’s less susceptible to bacteria and never gets stagnant. These birds are drinking cleaner water than they would ever drink in their entire lives. And it’s chemically pure, cleaner than any city-supplied water!