How to Water Plants With Pond Water


Man-made ponds should have from 10 to 20 percent of their water drained and replaced every month so the salts don't build up and harm the fish and plants. The water is rich with nutrients from decayed plants and fish waste. Go green and help your flowers and bushes grow green by watering with pond water. Refill the pond immediately with fresh water. If you're replacing more than 20 percent of the water, treat it to remove chlorine.


Step 1

Dip the bucket into the pond. Fill it with water. Remove the bucket and rest it on the ground. Check for any trapped fish or water plants. Use the net to catch the fish or plants and return to the pond. Use a light-colored bucket so fish are easier to see.

Step 2

Pour the water slowly from the bucket onto the ground around plants.

Step 3

Transfer the water from the bucket to the watering can. Use the watering can with the rose nozzle--it is full of tiny holes--to water potted plants. The rose will diffuse the water so it doesn't splash the potting soil out of the pot.

Pond Pump

Step 1

Turn off the pond pump.

Step 2

Attach the tubing to the nozzle of the pond pump. How you attach it depends on the make and model of the pump. For many of them just remove the tube that circulates the water by pulling on it and push on the tube to pump out the water.

Step 3

Place the tubing so the end of it is at the base of the plants you want to water.

Step 4

Turn on the pump. The water will be pumped from the pond through the tubing to water the plant.

Water Quality Safety

Step 1

Treat the water from the pond if you have any doubts about its quality or safety. This is important if the water will be used for edible crops like vegetables and fruits. Add 1/8 tsp. of household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water to purify it, according to the EPA. That small amount of bleach won't hurt plants. Let the water stand 30 minutes and then use.

Step 2

Add 20 drops of 2 percent tincture of iodine to one gallon of water. Find the iodine at the drugstore or first aid section of a big box store. Let stand 30 minutes and then use.

Step 3

Bring the water to a boil. Shut off the heat and let it cool.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep on eye on the pond if you're using the pond pump to water. It can empty the pond rather quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Light-colored bucket with handle
  • Fish net
  • Watering can with rose
  • Vinyl tubing


  • "The complete Pond Builder"; Helen Nash; 1995
  • EPA: Emergency Disinfection
  • Princeton University: OA Guide to Water Purification
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Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.