Filling your pond is as easy as putting the hose in and turning on the water source. However, it's important to know how much water you need to fill your pond before you start the process. A “flow meter” can be purchased to help you determine the amount of water your pond holds. There are auto-fill devices available too, but doing it yourself can save money.
Find out how much water you'll need to fill your pond in the future by attaching a flow meter to the hose before you begin filling. As an alternative, you can measure the amount of time it takes to fill a 5-gallon water bucket with your hose. Divide the time by five to determine the time it takes to fill one gallon, which is the flow rate.
Turn on the hose and allow water to flow to fill the pond. When using the estimate method, determine the time it takes to fill the pond and divide the time by the flow rate; the result is the amount of water your pond needs.
Turn on the pump. Check the electrical connections if the pump doesn’t work. A faulty pump is rare, but it is possible.
Take a tour around your pond and check the hose and piping for leaks. If you find any leaks, tighten the fitting to stop water from flowing.