7 Simple Tips For Developing A Natural Spring

7 Simple Tips For Developing A Natural Spring
7 Simple Tips For Developing A Natural Spring. Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 3.0

Enjoying fresh, clean water year round is one of the best things about having a natural spring on your property. If you have ever wanted to have a natural source of water for your livestock, gardening or drinking, this tutorial will help you know where to begin.

A true natural spring surfaces from naturally flowing groundwater that is pushed up from below the earth’s surface. Water far below the earth becomes a spring when normal ground pressure forces it up to ground level.

Springs are typically found along hillsides or at the base of a hill. You can also find springs in low-lying areas. If you ever have a soggy spot on your property where grass and plants always appear green and lush even during the driest of times, you have just identified the first place to look if you want to build your own natural spring.

Follow these seven steps to look for and develop your own natural spring.

1. Know When To Search

It will be hard to find a possible source of underground water if you’re looking during spring time or a rainy season.

Begin your search after you’ve had a long spell of dry weather, perhaps at the end of summer or beginning of fall.

2. Let Green Be Your Guide

It will be easier to spot green vegetation in an area that is otherwise brown and dry.

Plants that love the water include:
• ferns
• reeds
• jewelweeds

Also, look for soggy spots in the area, especially those you typically avoid when it has been wet because they tend to be very soft.

3. Hillside Search

Another place to look for a potential area of underground water coming up to the surface is along a hill. Begin your search in the middle of the hill and work your way down the escarpment looking for extra green plants and soft, soggy spots.

4. Travel Up

Once you have located a green or soft area on the side of a hill, start walking upwards, and continue to look for:

• damp, wet areas
• areas with erosion
• a ditch-like area
• an increase in gravel, rocks, moss

You want to find the best place to begin digging. The nearer you are to your source, the less work you have to do.

5. Dig Deep to Find the Source

Once you have identified the best place to start digging, shovel until you reach a steady flow of water. You’ll want to dig out enough soil and rocks to create a clean area to place a channeling source.

As soon as you get a steady water flow, quit digging. You don’t want to have too strong of a flow as it will make channeling your source more difficult.

6. Test Thoroughly

Super important: Before you drink your new spring water or put too much work into fully capping and covering it, test the water properly. You may want to consult an expert on this – however there are many inexpensive water testing kits available. Here’s one of the best selling / highest star rated ones on Amazon for you:
Watersafe WS425W Well Water Test Kit (“Detects 10 contaminants including copper, iron, lead, dangerous levels of nitrates/nitrites, potentially harmful bacteria, toxins from pesticides or fertilizers, unsafe levels of chlorine”)

I can’t guarantee these products will work for you – but these kits look pretty cool! You might want to test your tap water also! 😉

If the water is not suitable for drinking it may still be good for:

• gardening,
• bathing,
• livestock.

Spring waters are highly susceptible to contamination, especially in polluted areas so “unspoiled” land at a higher altitude than the surroundings is likely to be better.

7. Cap the Spring

Using a plastic pipe, put one end as deep into the water source as possible. Secure the pipe by partially covering it with rocks or gravel to prevent contamination. You also want to stop dirt and gravel from getting into your spring and clogging up your water source.

Leave enough plastic pipe exposed for easy access. Cover the plastic pipe with rock and soil to hold it in place.

You also want to partially cover your spring to deter animals from digging into it. Some people put a box or well-like covering over the end of the spring pipe to completely protect it.

Fluctuations in Natural Spring Water Supply

Spring water flow will fluctuate with the seasons. Flow is typically the lowest during the late summer and fall and higher in the spring.

However, if you are fortunate enough to establish a natural spring supply on your property, you will be able to enjoy an expensive source of water for drinking and livestock year round!

Now, go out and hunt for your natural spring source! Happy Water Hunting!

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One thought on “7 Simple Tips For Developing A Natural Spring

  1. Another way to find them is look in the bottom of dry ditches in the driest time of the year. I found where a ditch was dry, then suddenly found a pool with running water. To develop it I sunk a 4″ PVC pipe (perforated at bottom with a saw) beside the ditch to below the bottom of the ditch. The pipe filled up like a water well, and I can pump or use a bailer to get water out. BTW, Your local health department can test your water for safety.

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