Traditional Ritchie automatic waterers are designed to be permanent installations. Our Classic Equine by Ritchie EZFount unit and our Genesis G1 and G2 unites are ideal for warm weather climates and can be used with a hose.
Regarding Ritchie automatic waterers, there are certain installations in warm climates where people will hook them up with a garden hose. Poly units with small access panels (WaterMatic 100, WaterMatic 150, WaterMatic 150S, Omni 2) can use Ritchie part #18091, which is the small access panel with a threaded hole through it. This panel can also be used to run electricity to the unit and will accept 1” conduit. The hole is threaded 1-11 ½ NPSM.