Heat stress can be reduced psychologically with a trickling fountain, or cascading waterfall. Even just the sound of water adds a calm coolness to your surroundings. If you would enjoy a water feature in your outdoor space, but don’t have the budget for costly labor and materials, consider a self-contained fountain or pond-less waterfall, which is less expensive than custom-made versions. An added bonus is that these systems actually conserve water. Examples may be found at www.aquascapes.com and www.aquabelladesigns.com.
Don’t forget to situate a rain barrel or other water collecting device nearby, for infrequent top-offs of the water level.