How to get colored water for fountains

Fountains are a lovely addition to the landscape. Ranging from abstract, modern shapes to timeless Greek gods, the water fountain presents a well-loved position in any appointed landscape. Some fountains provide a water resource for animals and birds; others grow aquatic plants and support whole ecosystems. One way to transform the appearance of a fountain quickly is to alter the colour of its water.

Determine the water volume of your pond, water feature or fountain. Calculate the water area (length times width times depth).

Select a pool or fountain dye suitable for your application. Pool dyes range in colour and in function. Most dyes are blue, blue-green or black.

Measure the correct amount of dye for your fountain, and pour the dye as close to the fountain aerator as possible. Dyes will not discolour fish or your skin. A large pond or water feature may take as much as two hours to completely change colour. Small fountains will change water colour almost immediately.


Most pool dyes are designed for large bodies of water, so it only takes a small amount to change the colour of a small fountain. This change in colour can last up to four months.

Things You'll Need

  • Fountain
  • Measuring cup
  • Pool and fountain dye
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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.