Building a Spring Water Dam for Cabins in Tennessee: A Step-by-Step Overview
Welcome back to Base Camp WNC. We're currently in the beautiful state of Tennessee, working on an intriguing project. An ambitious individual is constructing a property with 16 cabins, and a significant part of this project is fueled by spring water. Let's dive deeper into the nuances of this undertaking.
At the heart of the property lies a dam, with a little bleaching pipe tucked away, soon to be covered with more rock for erosion control. An overflow line ensures the system's balance, channeling the surplus water.
The homeowner has impressively crafted his own spring water dam and a sediment tank. One of the standout features is the backdrop sound of machinery, notably a skid loader and a mini excavator. The owner even utilized a buggy to haul rock, eliminating the tedious task of carrying heavy buckets. A local friend is also assisting by embedding the pipe within the stream.
The area where we have laid the water line is a work in progress. The plan is to dig a trench and seamlessly integrate it into the terrain. Remarkably, the water system was constructed using a five-gallon container, and I contributed by designing a filter system. The spring currently feeds into the tank at about a gallon per minute, but this rate improves as it gradually makes its way through the rock.
The water source itself is fascinating. Streams jet out from various points, with the main aim to construct a dam surrounding the primary source. The homeowner brilliantly used instructions from my website, granting us about six feet to work with. As we progress, our goal is to ensure we don't accidentally obstruct any spring heads.
In addition to the dam wall, we've set up an overflow line. The owner crafted the dam wall and all the fittings and even constructed a spring box with hinges. My contribution included the filter systems, ensuring clean water flows downstream.
To prevent freezing, we're planning to dig a line at the base of the creek bed. This water system is intended to supply Airbnb glamping cabins. It's a rare treat when the landowner provides resources like a buggy and access to spring heads. The entire system is carefully graded to ensure proper flow, with the last stage involving filling up a reservoir.
One of the challenges we faced involved managing the inflow of water. Due to the proximity of the road, the water line is positioned just a few inches beneath. Nevertheless, future infrastructure work, such as installing a power line, will require modifications to this setup.
As a frame of reference, the spring follows a natural creek, leading to the water tank with only a 10-foot drop. With the spring's current output of a gallon a minute and the tank's capacity being 1100 gallons, it will take approximately 18 hours to fill the tank.
In conclusion, this project showcases the intricacies of harnessing nature to create a sustainable water supply for multiple cabins. If you're considering a similar project or need guidance on developing a spring on your property, feel free to reach out. Whether you need assistance through images, online consultations, or require hands-on services, we're here to help. Don't forget to like, share, and subscribe. Thank you for tuning in, and stay tuned for our next adventure!
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