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

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by The Great Ayam, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. The Great Ayam

    The Great Ayam Out Of The Brooder

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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?


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    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
  2. Vosh Sahaal

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    You have created a shallow well.
     
  3. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Void where prohibited.
    And this is a problem?
     
  4. The Great Ayam

    The Great Ayam Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  5. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    It's groundwater. Apparently you have a high enough water table you managed to dig a well.
     
  6. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Porter herd bull for my Yaks Premium Member

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    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
     
  7. The Great Ayam

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

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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