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More leaky pond stuff
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JasonThePepperGuy    Posted 03-15-2002 at 08:50:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy all'
I have an 180x180 pond that is under a year old. it is fed by watershed and has a dam. The pond at its deepest is 13 foot and in my opinion was built well. HOWEVER it seams as thou it seeps- leaks and other wise drains water out at an unacceptable rate. Other ponds in my area are full, this one is losing about 2 1/2 feet a month. (we had a pretty good rain right after it was dug and the pond was almost full, so I know the water drains in at a good rate. I expect to buy clay and have a dozer man build me a more solid bed. I know there are other fixes for this, one is the addition of dry cow poop from around barns. Another I have seen mentioned is drywall? tell me how this is used? I have also read about using milk/powdered milk to find leaks. Again HOW. Any help would be great, as I am ready to get some fish fries started!

JasonThePepperGuy    Posted 03-18-2002 at 05:58:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I spoke with the builder of the pond- he drove a very large dozer all around the the bassin of the tank and across the dam while building it- the clay on bottom looks great. Very hard and well packed. I could try to locate a dry wall company- I am sure I could get scraps easy enough. I think my first step is to wait. Allow the tank to settle a bit more. It is the cheep thing to do.

Ludwig    Posted 03-15-2002 at 10:23:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it compacted much at all? Most ponds need
some time to settle, the story goes that the
pond on my farm would leak down nearly
empty every summer after they built it for
almost 10 years before it settled down, now it
doesn't hardly leak at all.
Mine could use a couple loads of dirt on top
though as its shrunk/eroded a bit.
If you haven't done any compacting it might be
worth putting a roller to it. Its also likely a dozer
on top would do it good.

As for the drywall, its just gypsum after all. Get
some scraps or whatever, get as much of the
paper off that you can, smash it up and
spread on the leaky side. Might help.

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