Waste removed daily. Using a small network, such as those designed to remove the largest fish in a home aquarium, remove debris such as leaves, twigs, feathers and anything that has fallen in the source. Waste, especially leaves quickly generate bacteria and algae, which cause the outdoor water fountains to turn brown and look dirty. If you take a moment each day to remove debris, this process will not take place. Properly remove waste helps protect the pump from damage.
Clean the source once a week. Drain the outdoor water fountains and use a rag and brush to clean the inner surface of the source. Be sure to remove dirt, bird droppings and other debris that have collected on the bottom. Doing this once a week, not grow algae. Cleaning once a week also makes the cleaning process quicker and easier. Clean a dirty source once a month can take hours.
Clean the pump once a week. Proper water circulation is important for maintaining clean outdoor water fountains part. If the pump malfunctions, the water will not move properly and bacteria and algae multiply rapidly. Disconnect the pump and looking leaves, twigs and other debris that may be trapped in it. Remove any obvious dirt or residue.