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Current Pond Construction Techniques 1.5 CEU's: APLD, PLANET Landscape Industry Certified

Presented by Kent Wallace, Living Water Solutions Inc.
Thursday October 13 - 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Course Description:

80% of all ponds constructed fail within the first year and 80% of those fail within the first 6 months after construction. This is largely due to the lack of codes and specs for live water feature construction in general. Currently there are also no courses or certification classes that teach contractors the techniques for proper pond construction. I travel to koi and pond related meetings, club events and trade shows giving talks on proper pond construction techniques and even though I manufacture a line of equipment, the seminars are about construction concepts in general and not about what I sell in particular. There are several ways to properly pre-filter, plumb and filter ponds depending on the particular layout or design and it's important to understand the different types and how to apply each to an individual design based on the needs of the client.


Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada Kent Wallace spent most of his adult life in the automobile industry where he worked as race car fabricator at his own race shop at age twenty four. For twenty years Kent stayed in the industry. Then in 2001 a neighbor asked Kent if he could build her a koi pond like the one Kent's father had.

From that point on pond building became his new passion. This first pond was submitted to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and won Best Courtyard Nationwide in their special interest publication. Koi pond design and construction became much like racing to Kent where he found that things must constantly be improved in order to build better, more stable ponds.

William Lim of W.Lim, Corp. was his mentor and provided his first introduction to filtration systems. From this beginning Kent formed his own company, Living Water Solutions Inc. The company has expanded from pond construction to production manufacturing, consulting and design. Kent has designed and built ponds all over the country and teaches through seminars hoping to educate others as he learns himself.

What Kent has realized is there are no codes or specifications for proper pond construction as in other trades and Koi keeping is a humbling experience. Eighty percent of all the ponds built by Living Water Solutions are rebuilds of poorly designed and constructed ponds. Because of the opportunity to rebuild so many poorly constructed ponds, Kent has an interesting perspective on what's wrong with the industry and strives to raise the standards by which ponds are built.

Kent has been in the pond industry for over 10 years, written many magazine articles on pond construction. He has also won an award in Better Homes and Gardens Special interest publication for best courtyard and a Designer Showcase award in Watergarden News.

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