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Small backyard pond keeps filling with water...without rain! Any ideas? (pics)

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I have been working on a small backyard pond for some time now. It's about 4 feet at its deepest. I am not completely finished with it yet, and now I'm noticing something.

There is clay at the deepest part. About a foot of rain has collected. I bucketed the water out TWICE...and both times I returned the next day to find all the water had returned...without any rain.

Any ideas?

I do not believe it is spring fed because it was dry when I was digging. Possibly ground water trapped above the clay?

Anyone else ever have a similar experience?

 

 


Edited by The Great Ayam - 3/25/16 at 3:41pm

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post #2 of 8
You have created a shallow well.
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And this is a problem?

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Originally Posted by BBQJOE View Post

And this is a problem?
LOL, BBQJOE. I'm just curious about the science behind the reappearing water. But yes I do want water in it... Just when I'm finished with the project. I have to keep emptying it to work on it. Just curious about the source of the water.

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post #5 of 8
It's groundwater. Apparently you have a high enough water table you managed to dig a well.
post #6 of 8

TRY hard to not puncture the clay bottom!!  or the water will drain away and could continue to do that when you want it filled.    You could also use a small sump pump to work on keeping it dry until your project is completed 

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Thanks for all the responses. I appreciate it. This is an unexpected yet interesting situation in this project.

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post #8 of 8

You haven't given us much info to go on. 

There is a site online that you can check to see the soil types for your area - that may help.  It may show that you have clay lenses with perched water, a shallow water table, or you may even a leaky city watermain. 

Where are you located?  where is the pond - is it in a low spot in the yard? is it downhill from you or your neighbors septic?

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