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Pitch    Posted 09-15-2004 at 03:28:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have one corner of my lawn that is pretty much always wet. Have only seen it dry a couple of weeks in two years. After a rain water comes to the surface at a pretty good rate. I have 2 to 3 feet of clay soil on top of shale rock which is on top of limestone bedrock. This area is rife with tileing in fact I had to put in 3 myself when I built the house just to drain my 2 acre lawn area. I have dug down in the wet spot to the shale and have a steady stream of water I would guess probably close to a gallon a minute. I can pound my spud bar probably another 18" into the shale. Is there a way of telling if this is a sring or if it is a broken tile in field out back? would tile have been laid down in the shale or just on top? Mainly just a curiosity thing.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 09-15-2004 at 07:50:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since you've found a stream of water and haven't found a pipe, my guess is that you have yourself a pretty nice spring.

That type of soil and geology is perfect for them. The water runs along the top of the shale always following the path of least resistance.

Time to develop that sucker and water your cows.

Bob/Ont    Posted 09-15-2004 at 06:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pitch, has any work been done down grade of the wet spot that could have desturbed a tile under the ground. If a tile gets broken and pluged the water will burst to the top of the ground. I think it might be a tile since you say rain makes it flow more. I don't think rain would effect a spring that much, it would be more steady I would think.
Later Bob

chad    Posted 09-15-2004 at 06:57:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have what we call wet springs. they only run when the ground is wet, mostly in the spring after the thaw. when its dry the springs are just damp. just a thuoght.

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