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More permanent water collection set-up

 
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Greetings!

We're trying to figure out a more permanent water-collection method at our spring. This is for wash-water for when we're camping on our land (not for daily use, or for drinking, at least right now). The property we're on has just been used for an annual camping trip, so we've made do with a temporary dam and a hose that runs downhill enough for ease of collection.

Now we're living near the property, and are camping much more often (until we have a house there). Any thoughts on how to set up a better long-term collection method? The video shows the true outlet of the spring, the place where we usually dam (where our pooch Tali is) and the usual end of the hose, where we collect water.

I'd love any thoughts on a better set up. Thanks in advance!

 
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I would recommend looking into a spring box system. The general idea is to build an underground dam, back fill with gravel, and bury a perforated PVC pipe in the gravel. The water will filter down through the gravel, travel into the PVC pipe which then fills a spring box with water. After that, hook up some 3/4" black poly tubing (potable-grade, direct-bury rated) down to where you need the water. I would try to site the spring box as far uphill as you can, as it will keep the source cleaner and gain you more pressure in the line.
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Example of a spring box
 
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Kyle, thanks for the reminder. I've read about spring boxes, but totally forgot them. This might work here, although I'm a little concerned about digging, as the streambed below the spring is rock. I'll read more to see if this works!
 
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