How to Setup and Operate Baptismal

Baptismal Setup

Baptismal setup and operation is quick and easy, requiring no special tools or skills. A YouTube video is provided to illustrate the entire process. The video also shows how to change water effects. An Operating Manual in PDF format is also available below for download.

How to Setup and Operate Baptismal Instructions

Time needed: 10 minutes

  • Level Baptismal

    Place level on white basin with ends directly above two casters on opposit sides of the baptismal. Next, adjust leveling thumbwheels until bubble is centered between lines on level. Then, turn level 90 degrees, and repeat process to level the other casters. Check both positions again to insure baptismal is level and stable.

  • Install Water Effect

    Install water effect device. (Instructions shown below.)

  • Verify Drain is Closed

    Verify drain valve’s blue handle is aligned parallel to floor, and not vertically aligned parallel to hose outlet.

  • Fill with Water

    Slowly pour four (minimum) to five (maximum) gallons of CLEAN water into the white basin.

  • Verify Switch is OFF

    Verify power switch button is OUT (OFF position), and not IN (ON position).

  • Run Power Cord

    Run power cord and plug through the opening in bottom of cabinet, and plug in to an electrical outlet. Red light on plug should come on. If not, then push the “reset” button on plug.

  • Turn ON

    Push power switch button IN to turn ON the baptismal. Button with latch in the IN (recessed) position, and water will begin flowing.

  • Turn OFF

    Push the power switch button again to turn OFF the baptismal. Buttom will unlatch, returning to the OUT position, and water will cease flowing.

  • Replace Lid

    Place lid on baptismal. WARNING! Never operate baptismal with lid in place.

  • Disconnect Power

    Unplug and store power cord when baptismal is not in use. Children may push power button while lid is on.

  • Changing Water Effects

    A Living Waters Baptismal has two water effects. They include the “Gushing Spring” and the “Crystal Pool”. The “Gushing Spring” requires removal of the diverter disc, and mounting shaft. If installed, they are located at the water inlet in the bottom of the white basin. To remove, simply unscrew the diverter disc and mounting shaft. After removal, store them on the access door frame.

    The “Crystal Pool” comes with a choice of solid and clear diverter discs. Install by screwing one of the diverter discs onto the mounting shaft. Then screw the assembly into the threaded mounting hole in the water inlet of the white basin. Hand tighten only.

    How to Setup and Operate Baptismal Video

    The YouTube video below illustrates the baptismal setup and operation. It also shows how to change the water effects.

    How to Setup and Operate Baptismal

    How to Sanitize and Drain Baptismal

    How to Sanitize and Drain Baptismal

    Baptismal Draining

    A Living Waters Baptismal is easy to clean, sanitize, and drain between uses. All that is required is a clean cloth, clean water, and a small amount of household chlorine bleach. In addition to the instructions below, a YouTube video is available below. Also below, you can download the Operating Manual in PDF format.


    Never use any detergents or chemicals to clean the surfaces, or water basin. They can damage the finish, and if used in the basin, create soap foaming. It is best to clean all surfaces with a mild solution of water with a very small amount of chlorine bleach (about a tablespoon of bleach in a cup of water). Then use a clean lint-free cloth, dampened with the cleaning solution to wipe down surfaces. This will both clean and disinfect. Dry with another clean lint-free cloth, or allow to air dry.


    The best way to completely sanitize the water, and system of a Living Waters Baptismal is by adding one cup of household chlorine bleach to the baptismal waters. Slowly pour the bleach directly into the center of the white basin while the baptismal is operating, and allow the baptismal to continue to operate for a least fifteen minutes after adding the bleach. The bleach will mix with the water, and will circulate throughout the system, thoroughly sanitizing all the surfaces that come in contact with the water. Chlorine bleach is a natural and safe sanitizer, used to disinfect public drinking water and swimming pools.

    How to Sanitize and Drain Baptismal Instructions

    1. Turn On

      If OFF, push power switch to turn ON baptismal.

    2. Sanitize

      Slowly pour one cup of household chlorine bleach into center of white basin, and continue operating baptismal at least fifteen minutes.

    3. Turn Off

      Push power button to turn OFF baptismal.

    4. Unplug and Store Power Cord

      Unplug power cord, and pull into the cabinet through the hole in the base, coiling the cord inside the cabinet.

    5. Connect Drain Hose

      Place the end of the clear hose into a five gallon bucket, or container of equal size. Alternatively, the drain hose can be connected to a garden hose, and run outside through an open door.

    6. Open Drain Valve

      Turn blue handle on drain valve 90 degrees to open. Water should drain from the baptismal.

    7. Empty Drain Hose

      After draining, lift hose closest to drain valve and allow remaining water in hose to empty into container or hose.

    8. Close Drain Valve

      Close drain valve, aligning blue handle parallel to the floor.

    9. Discard Water

      Pour the water drained from the baptismal on the ground, and not down the sewer. Water which has been blessed in the sacrament of holy baptism should be returned to the earth, and not treated as waste.

    Draining Note: Draining the baptismal using the drain hose will not eliminate all water. A small amount of water will remain in the lower reservoir below the white basin, and a little more will be trapped in the piping. This water will eventually evaporate, and does not have to be removed. If desired, you can remove most of the water from the reservoir using a towel lowered though the opening around the white basin, and dragged around the perimeter.

    How to Sanitize and Drain Baptismal Video

    The YouTube video below illustrates how to sanitize, and drain a Living Waters Baptismal.

    How to Sanitize and Drain Baptismal

    How to Setup and Operate Baptismal