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Spring Water System Set-Up
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Arletta    Posted 12-02-2003 at 20:00:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was raised with a gravity fed water system from a creek, but I'm totally ignorant about how spring water systems work.
I'm considering buying some property with springs on it. I don't have a clue about how to set up a spring fed system. Freezing is a major consideration, as in 70 below, so it will have to be right next to or in the house, no exposed pipes. I'm wondering about pressure and overflow drainage. Is there any way to tell if a spring is reliable? Thanks.

Rancho Calypso    Posted 12-03-2003 at 15:32:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I lived with spring fed water for 8 years (and I miss it). The water source was a spring at the head waters of a creek. This was above my house and about 1500' away. I placed a continuious 2" black pipe with a screened basket on the end and ran this about 500' to a 1000 gallon tank (above ground metal tank someone gave me). From there I ran 1" pipe underground (below the frost line to the house. In the winter I ran an overflow line from the 1000 gallon tank back to the creek bed. There was always enough water flow to keep the system from freezing (Southern Oregon it was). At the house I used a green sand filter, a jet pump, a softwater unit and a carbon filter. I had a chlorinator installed - but never really used it. I had the water tested several times and it always tested fine. The water was so darn good firends use to come over with jugs and fill them. Also had an RO unit for the drinking water. The startup costs are considerable, but less than punching a well and setting a pump. We had 30 lbs. water pressure to the house - gravity fed - then as I wrote I beefed up the pressure for the water treatment systems with a jet pump. This system ran trouble free for eight years and longer (I guess after I sold the place).

wvbill    Posted 12-03-2003 at 04:22:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the only way to tell about a spring is to watch it through a drought or ask oldtime landowner which ones are true springs or just wet weather friends. don'tspend money on a spring unless you are sure they are dependable..

if the spring is higher than the house then you can feed into the house... every two foot of drop equals 1lb of pressure....

people will tell you that if you reduce line size(choke down as you go) it will increase pressure but this is not true.

developing a spring can be simple as digging in below spring,putting in a small collection tank(perforated)coveing with gravel and then a line to a larger cistern.

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