How do you find a natural spring beside seeing the water, more green vegetation or dampness on the ground? Are they rare? I have heard that there are underground caves in our area and it is very rocky.
I look for veggetation that is very tall and healthier then the plants around it. or what type of trees are around in combination with the above. aspins are a good sign , the more the better. Sometimes willows and ceder work also. On a side hill look for sepiege. You can dig a whole with a shovel or posthole digger or even a power augar. I douse also which gives me a better idea of where the water is and the direction of the flow. If your real sure where there is water then use a backhoe.
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This is too funny. After posting this I followed our sometimes dry creek bed up the small mountain behind our house looking for a spring. There is always water trickling somewhere and mountain isn't big enough to have runoff all the time. Someone many years ago built this rock waterfall and at the base of it there appears to be a natural spring bubbling out of the ground! I cleared around it and don't find a source. It is dry everywhere around it. I followed up above the waterfall to see if I could find someplace else the water could be coming from and don't see anything.
Someone put PVC pipe at the water source and ran it all the way down into a huge concrete cistern. I can hear it trickling in there. It has a metal roof over it. It is then piped from the other side down the mountain to the back of our property where the pipe is capped. I took it off and it is trickling into the creek bed again. I am guessing the cap is to fill the cistern and then you could use it for watering your back property where there is no plumbing.
I found the reason for this elaborate set up. There are remains of a still nearby. I found 2 furnaces and remains of a bunker type hole in side of mountain. There are rusting barrels laying around. We had been told there was an old still on our property.
Is this water safe to boil and drink? Or would I need to get water at source in ground? It is bubbling up out of the ground. I can take pictures if it would help.
Good idea I will have it tested. I wonder since it passes through the cistern and then all that PVC to my yard may have mildew in it. Maybe throw some bleach in there. It ends up in our pond that is stocked with fish.