What Size Waterer is Right for Me? TB

1. Select Your Waterer Height









NOTE If you have several types of animals, select the shortest.

Waterer Height

Enter how many inches above the ground you want the top edge of the Drinking Post after installation. Your animal should be able to comfortably reach their head over this height and down into the bowl of the Drinking Post. Here are some common guidelines:

Horse – 30” to 36”

Mini Horse – 24”

Cattle – 18” – 24”

Calf – 18”

Alpaca & Llama – 24” – 30”

Goat & Sheep – 12” – 18”

Pigs & Hog – 10″ – 18″



2. Frostline Depth

Determine Your Frostline Depth

This is how deep the ground freezes in the winter. All waterlines should be buried below this depth to ensure year-round use. If you know how deep your waterlines are (or will be) you can enter that number here, although this may be deeper than your actual frostline.

Need help determining your frost line?

If you do not know your frostline, there are three resources that will tell you what the local frostline is:

  1. Excavation companies
  2. Water Department
  3. Building Department




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What Size?

What Size Non Electric Automatic Waterer is Best for You?

The the bottom of Drinking Posts should be installed a minimum of 18″ below the local frost line

Identifying what size waterer is appropriate for your specific application will be determined by two factors:

  1. What type of animals will use the Drinking Post Waterer?
  2. What is your local frost line?

What Animals Will Be Using Drinking Post Automatic Waterer

All Drinking Posts are the same diameter and have the same size bowl. Depending on your specific application, you can install the Drinking Post Waterer such that the height of the unit when installed is at whatever height above ground you desire.

You want to ensure that your animals are able to reach the top of the waterer comfortably. Generally, this is the typical height of the Drinking Post Waterer above ground level once installed:

Animal Standard Installation Height
Horse Waterer 3′ Above Ground Level
Cattle Waterer 18″ – 24″ Above Ground Level
Sheep & Goat Waterer 12″ – 24″ Above Ground Level

What Is the Frost Line In My Local Area?

The frost line is the maximum depth that the ground will freeze to in the winter. Proper installation requires that the deepest point of The Drinking Post be installed a MINIMUM of 18″ below your local frost line to prevent freezing in the winter.

There are few avenues one can use to determine the frost line in your local area:

  1. Contact your local Building Department
  2. Contact your county’s Water Department
  3. Any reputable local excavator will be able to quickly tell you what the frost line is in your local area.

The the bottom of Drinking Posts should be installed a minimum of 18″ below the local frost line

Cleaner Water

Eliminate stagnant, standing water with Drinking Post.  Fresh, clean water with every use.  Cool in the summer, warm in the winter.

Savings Calculator

Drinking Post could significantly reduce your electricity bill and your maintenance.  See how much time and money you could save.

Easy Installation

No electricity, no cement pad, no problem!  The Drinking Post can be installed anywhere you have a pressurized water line.

Choose Your Size

Identifying the right size waterer for your specific application is a simple, and we can help. Just tell us your needs and your location.

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