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    How to determine depth of water table

    I'm slowly gathering information on my pond redesign and it occured to me, that if I go too deep I may hit water As my back yard backs up to a water conservation area, I think this is a definate possibility.

    How do I find out how deep I can dig before I will have water problems?
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    Strop digging when you hit the water!
    Seriously, if you have a GPS that gives you a good elevation, you can determine the elevtion of the water level of the nearest water feature, get the elevation of where you want to dig and the difference would be the soonest you would hit the water table. This is IF the soil conditions are homogenous between the two locations. for example, no uneven underground clay layers or rock strata that could force the water higher in your location.
    the easiet thing to do id just dig a test hole. Our water table hear varies between 12 and 16 feet depending on the clay layers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cetsworld View Post
    I'm slowly gathering information on my pond redesign and it occured to me, that if I go too deep I may hit water As my back yard backs up to a water conservation area, I think this is a definate possibility.

    How do I find out how deep I can dig before I will have water problems?
    You might be able to find the information you need by contacting your local City office that handles these things. There should be a survey of water tables.
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    Or....just get a posthole digger....when you hit water, the question is answered.

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    if pond is partially raised above ground. so that when the pond water level is above ground water. you will have no problems.

    its the times when you start draining the pond that may result in ground water being higher than what pond water is. and you may exprence floating liners and like.

    with above said. dig as deep as you want.
    Pond and Construction Forum 101 good place for any first timers to the forum. for finding resources and general info.

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