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Streams are pretty self-explanatory. They are often used in conjunction with other water features such as pools or waterfalls. The stream will run down a water course feeding water into the pool. In the bottom of the pool, there will be an outlet to an underground route that takes the water back up to the top. A pump powers this process.
As far as construction goes, a stream can be thought of as a long shallow pool. You can use either flexible or rigid liners to give the stream its shape and retain water. The length of the stream can vary quite a bit depending on the size you have available (obviously streams are not good choices in confined areas), but 15 linear feet is a good size to work with and can create a stylish water course.
Streams work best in informal landscapes.
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