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I toured the spring Douglas County Water Gardens this year. I have thought about putting a decorative pond in my yard. What city ordinances are there and where would I find this information?

According to Code Enforcement Manager Brian Jimenez, the city does not regulate decorative ponds; however, prior to construction, it is recommended that residents consider safety precautions such as location and proximity of other homes, depth of water, and whether fencing is needed to keep small children and animals out of the pond area. Always remember to call Kansas One-Call before you dig. Dial 811 to have the underground service lines located prior to starting your project.

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