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Digging a pond? Dig safely with a mandatory Klic request

A beautiful pond can be a fantastic addition to your garden, but it is essential to prevent damage during construction. By submitting a Klic request, you prevent excavation damage and potentially save direct repair costs in case of damage to cables and pipes. Or the indirect costs such as delays, inconvenience to the surrounding area and risks to health and the environment when excavation damage occurs.

It is mandatory to request a Klic report if you dig deeper than 40cm with a shovel or if you dig with an excavator or mini excavator. In this article, we give you a handy step-by-step plan for constructing your pond, including applying for a Klic request.

Among other things, also learn how to choose the right location, determine the size and depth of your pond, excavate the pond, install pond liner, add water and finally add plants and fish to your pond.

Why should I dig a pond?

A garden pond can be a great addition to any outdoor space. Not only does it offer a serene and relaxing atmosphere, but it can also help increase the biodiversity in your garden. With a pond, you create a habitat for all kinds of animals, including frogs, fish, dragonflies and other aquatic creatures.

In addition, a pond can also serve as a wonderful decorative feature, which can be used to create a peaceful and beautiful outdoor environment. Whether you are a gardener or just looking for a way to enhance your outdoor space, building a pond is definitely worth considering.

Roadmap for safely constructing pond

Step 1: Choose the right location

Choose a location for your pond that is not too close to trees or shrubs. This can cause water pollution and make maintenance difficult. In addition, it is important that there is enough sunlight for the plants, but not too much to prevent excessive algae growth.

Step 2: Determine the size and depth

Determine the size and depth of the pond based on your purpose. For example, if you plan to keep fish, the pond should be at least 5 feet deep to prevent the fish from freezing in the winter. A 10-15 square meter pond is usually large enough for most gardens.

Step 3: Do a Klic notification

Before you start digging, it is important to start a Klic request. This is required by WIBON legislation and prevents you from causing excavation damage to cables and pipes. You are required to file a Klic report if you are going to dig deeper than 40cm or if you are going to work with an excavator/mini-excavator.

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Step 4: Dig out the pond

Use a rope or hose to mark the perimeter of the pond and then dig away the earth. Make sure the edges of the pond are not too steep, otherwise the pond may collapse.

Make sure you have the Klic report digitally at hand at the excavation site. This is because you must be able to prove that you have consulted it when, for example, you receive inspection or have caused excavation damage.

Step 5: Install the pond liner

Cover the excavated pit with good quality pond liner that is durable and tear-resistant. Place the liner in the pond and smooth it out. Make sure there are no folds or bumps in the liner as these can lead to leaks.

Step 6: Add water.

Fill the pond with rainwater, if possible. This is because rainwater does not contain chlorine or other chemicals that can be harmful to fish and plants. If you can't use rainwater, leave tap water for at least 24 hours to evaporate chlorine.

Step 7: Add plants and fish

Now that the pond is filled, it's time to add plants and fish. Choose plants appropriate for the size and depth of your pond and gradually add fish to maintain water quality.

Step 8: Maintain the pond regularly

It is important to maintain the pond regularly. Remove leaves and debris from the surface, prune plants as needed and replace water regularly to maintain water quality.

Avoid excavation damage and delay with the help of Klic report

In short, whatever work you are going to perform with a machine in the subsoil of the garden: a Klic notification (even on your own property) is mandatory to get started. This is required by the WIBON Act. Want to know more about digging in your garden? Then read the knowledge article.

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