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Ritchie Installation Overview

Have you ever wondered what it would take to install a Ritchie automatic waterer? Because the waterers tend to last well beyond their 10 years, installation is key to successful function of the unit, day in and day out, for those 10+ years.

Ritchie provides detailed instructions on installation for each unit however, overall installation is relatively the same. Below is a brief diagram of what the recommend installation requirements are.

The following are instructions according to Ritchie's full line brochure.

Ritchie 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 waterline.

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 4’ deep or 1’ below the normal frost

line depth, whichever is deeper.

Anchor Locations

Fasten fountain to the concrete mounting platform with stainless steel anchor bolts (sold separately and found here) using all anchor locations provided on the fountain. Use the actual fountain being installed as the template for anchor bolt location.

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.

Electrical Connections

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.


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 your state electrical inspector for any questions in your area.

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