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Spring box algae
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joe    Posted 04-08-2002 at 19:56:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have two spring boxes on a farm in NE Pa. In the past few weeks there is somekind of algae bloom occurring in both. Thick green floaters. Would you suppose it to be okay to throw a few chlorine tabs in them? Also, the last few years they drop real low and I dug them out a little to help get them going. Of course now they are high but, what to expect this summer? Can a spring dry up or take a crap after 100+ years? How did folks back then know where and how to go about this? Thanks Joe

Joan Hall    Posted 12-12-2003 at 14:49:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Would someone please define the term "spring box" as used in this thread?

I'm researching "spring box" as it used to be used in the Appalachians to mean a place built in a spring, in which food and milk are kept cool. It sounds as if your spring box is meant to serve a different purpose.


joe    Posted 04-10-2002 at 03:54:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What we have are dug back into a slight bank. Thet are lined with field stone and are only 2-3 feet deep. They overflowed into a stone lined trough for the cows. Each of the homesteads with the springs had dug wells about 30 feet deep. That must have been some challenge! Anyway, the sunlight thought causing the algae is quite probable as I removed a cover stone on one and cut back all the brush on the other. Thanks Joe

TB    Posted 04-09-2002 at 13:54:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I cleen our spring Boxes in the spring when the water is high. I pull the plug let it drane brush the sides and floor then flush it out real good. The old timers use to say the time to do this was when the moon was turned up? If you have algae the sun must be getting in there. Make a lid to cover it real good. Shade trees around a spring is good, pines are better for shade befor the leaves come out. Hope this helps.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-08-2002 at 22:47:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the Old Timers had a Nack for it. They would find a wet spot and dig it slowly till they developed a flow then brick it up with a catch basin area for a pipe to collect the water in. Then pipe it to a cistren for the pump. They can go dry and some time you have to restore it by cleaning it out. Be carefull when yo do it you don't want to collasps the springs flow and have it start in another place. Not sure about the plum you have leave that for the experts to figure out. The clorien would only be tempory as soon as it was duluited it won't do any thing more. Mark H.

Sammie - spring box/shallow well?    Posted 04-09-2002 at 19:07:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is the difference and how do I know what I have? I have a well said to be 7' deep that serviced the house til one year ago and another 14' deep to irrigate the pasture. They are both sealed in pump houses and have new foot valves. Is this different than what you are talking about?

I know, I know, those dumb city folk!!! lol but please be patient, I'll learn - with your help!!!

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-09-2002 at 22:16:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you have is a shallow well. Real shallow too my well is 380 ft deep with a 28 gal per min flow which is real good for our area that normaly only gets 1 to 5 gpm flow rate. A spring is a place where water would come out of a bank or ground area that flows water all the time. You just trap it to put it to use. The shallow well is ground water that is under the ground and you dig into it and give it a cavity to collect in then pump it out when needed and it will fill back up at a certain rate (gallons per miniute rate of the well) dependig on how good the water table is that it is in. The foot valve allows the prime to stay in the pipe you pump it out with. Mark H.

Sammie    Posted 04-09-2002 at 22:51:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you very much. That makes sense. Most deep wells here are 150 ft and I need to have the 14' well drilled deeper but at $20/ft. that will have to wait. Sounds like I'd rather have a spring!!! lol No such luck.

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