Hobby Farm to Large Operation, Ritchie Keeps the Water Flowing

From single horse stall founts to large fountains that accommodate 500 cattle, Ritchie automatic waterers continue to set the standard in quality. So when you buy a Ritchie waterer, you know you’re getting the most dependable product on the market—not to mention the best value, service and warranty in the business. Our history of quality will continue to guide us and our manufacturing process for years to come.

"But It Gets Cold Here"

It sure does!  Rest assured, the Ritchie models on our website are all rated to withstand the climate here in Upstate New York and New England.  Each model meets Ritchie’s “Zone 5” Standard, meaning their good to go at temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit. 

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Installation Tips for Your New Ritchie Fountain

Installation Considerations

Water Supply Line

A minimum 3/4’’ diameter horizontal and vertical water supply line is necessary; a 1’’ diameter line is recommended. Bury the horizontal water supply line 4’ deep or 1’ below the normal frost line depth, whichever is deeper. This will ensure your animals are getting warmer water in the winter and cooler water during the summer. A shut-off valve may be installed under the fountain for easier servicing.

Ritchie Thermal Tubes

For optimum water supply line protection, use Ritchie Thermal Tubes. The tubes are available in 3 lengths and have the most favorable diameters to maintain temperature in the water line. Center the vertical water supply line in the tubes. Do not add insulation inside the tubes as it provides a path for frost. The tubes should reach at least 1’ below the normal frost line.

Electrical Connection

The electrical installation should be made and maintained by a qualified electrician conforming to national and local codes. A means for disconnection must be incorporated in the fixed wiring in accordance with the wiring rules.

Concrete Platform

Pour a concrete mounting platform that provides a 4-6’’ thick step 18” around the perimeter of the unit. An additional concrete extension all around and sloping away from the unit may be poured for improved footing and to aid in proper drainage. The platform must be level for the best operation of the fountain. For larger operations it is recommended to pour a concrete pad large enough for the drinking animal to stand on completely.

Anchor Locations

Fasten fountain to the concrete mounting platform with stainless steel anchor bolts using all anchor locations provided on the fountain. Use the actual fountain being installed as the template for anchor bolt location.


Install grounding rod according to National/Local electrical code where livestock waterers are installed in feedlots and open feeding areas. Ground the waterers with a separate stranded copper grounding conductor of at least no.6 AWG. The installation of an equipotential plane is required by NEC in newly constructed livestock confinement areas. Most states have adopted the NEC, check with state electrical inspector for any questions.

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