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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2018, 10:51:04 PM »
I have three 36" diameter tiles 36" long, and a 250# cast concrete lid on top, most of it is in the ground, only about two feet is above ground, there's about 4-5 feet of water in it!

The water line to the house is about 1 feet above the bottom of the spring and about 3 feet above that is the overflow line which runs year round into an old bathtub about 150 feet from the spring, it's used for watering cattle! NOTE:  It's very likely that a lot of Amish men will be drinking from that waterline, this next Tuesday!  They are having a "barn raising" and are expecting somewhere around 100 men to show up!

The line running to the house is buried between 4 & 6 feet crossing an agricultural field and comes into my house about one foot up from the cellar floor!
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2018, 08:09:11 AM »
Spring Water is something that you get when you visit Raider Bill in the mountains of Tennessee sitting on his porch.  It comes in a glass with ice :).
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2018, 08:31:09 AM »
Thank you Chuck for that detailed description of your spring water system. 

At some point away from the spring the runoff has to freeze, or does it go into a creek that has enough flow that it runs year round?  

Please excuse the questions but I am still curious because our frost/freeze line is just below the grass roots.  My Cabin is on a rural water system and my 2" feed crosses underneath the road in an exposed drainage culvert.  :o 
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2018, 09:00:46 AM »
The runoff from the old bathtub goes into a ditch that has running water in it year-round!  It might freeze over, but doesn't freeze solid!

Sometime during a typical Winter, the water going into the tub will start freezing, but the water will remain running and will become encased in a dome of ice, but that 1 inches of water is still running and on a calm day I can hear it running all the way from my house (150'), even though it's inside the ice!
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2018, 09:08:01 AM »
Ah, that is what I wanted to hear Chuck.  Thanks again for the description.  smiley_thumbsup
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2018, 09:11:12 AM »
Spring Water is something that you get when you visit Raider Bill in the mountains of Tennessee sitting on his porch.  It comes in a glass with ice :).
Mine is the water that never freezes. We drink it straight from the freezer.Smooth
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2018, 09:29:04 AM »
   We have a spring in the short draw/valley between the hillsides above my house. Many years ago the county went in an buried about a 4' long X 2' diameter concrete pipe with a solid bottom and a bunch of 1" holes for coarse filters. At the bottom was about a 6" section of metal pipe cast into the concrete pipe. The pipe was buried standing up with the metal pipe facing downhill. The water seeped into the pipe through the holes and there was a square, removable concrete cover about 2" thick. The homeowner at the time connected a flexible pipe to the pipe in the concrete. The spring is about 40' above the height of this house. The water was piped own to cinderblock spring house about 12'X 16'. The spring house was dug into the side of the mountain so it stayed cool. The water ran through an old sink where they kept big milk cans of fresh milk till they could be collected, used, or sold. The water was then piped on down to the house. I don't know if they ever had a filter on it or not as they had abandoned it and dug a 70' well in front of the springhouse. The pump still resides there in the old springhouse to keep it from freezing. The cinderblocks in the springhouse were filled with sawdust for insulation and old newspapers were used in the attic for the same purpose. The roof eventually leaked and wet the newspapers and we fed several generations of termites on the sawdust before I sealed the blocks and tore off, raised (One end touched the ground at the lowest corner) and replaced the roof. We still use it for storage for the water filter and the pump. I hooked into the original pipe extension on the concrete "filter" and ran the line down hill to an old bathtub for the stock to drink. The run-off from the bathtub is captured and routed through more pipe to another big, black plastic stock tank on the other side of a cross fence and the run off from it is finally piped to a ditch in my back yard.

  I empty the leaves and mud out of the bathtub and stock tank every year or so and every several years I go clean out the old concrete pipe/filter at the head of the spring.

  I don't see any evidence of a cistern to store water so I guess the gravity flow level off the spring was adequate for the families needs. We still have remote neighbors who use spring water systems although I think they run it through a filter system to prevent Giardia and such.

  I really like the suggestion above about storing live fish in the cistern from the spring water for the family.
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2018, 03:16:40 PM »
I have a spring that I use to show shoe in to see if the deer had been there. That never freezes.
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2018, 05:34:39 PM »
At our cabin We had a waterline laying on top of the ground from a spring up the holler. Plenty of pressure even with a bypass open so it would run a little to keep it from freezing. Small shower and if taking a hot shower in the winter with outside temp in the teens and accidentally bumped the hot water turning it down you sure got a cold suprise in a hurry.
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