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Will My Pond Hold Water?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by saktate, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. saktate

    saktate LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    How do I determine if my soil composition will hold water?

    Can I simply dig a hole three feet deep by three feet diameter, fill it with water, and time how long the water stays in the hole? I'm considering building a pond about 100 feet x 60 feet on my four acre lot.

  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    Ideally you would line your pond with a clay based soil to help keep water in, but I am sure if you know the GPM on the feeder stream/spring and compare to the perc rate of your soil you would be fine.

    Just a warning so that you dont get fined by EPA/EPD.

    Check with local authorities before building a pond, most require a permit. Just because the spring/creek runs through your property doesnt mean its yours...around here most are called "state waters". Restricting and disturbing state water requires a permit.
  3. saktate

    saktate LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Appreciate the info and the advice. I'll certainly make contact with the appropriate authorities.
  4. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    You will also want to use a liner on your pond to help keep the weeds to a minimum

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