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Cistern Assessment

 
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There is a (hand waving) 3 ft x 3 ft x 8 in concrete slab with a gangly piece of metal sticking out of it that I suspect is a cistern cap. The questions that come to mind are:

1. How do I confirm it's actually a cistern? It's bound to be incredibly heavy.
2. If it is a cistern, is there anything I need to do to make sure it's safe to use, and, at that, how do you use it? (guess: need a pump)
3. Is it possible that it wasn't meant to be a cistern, just somewhere for flood water to soak into and then disperse into the ground slowly? The slab is located near a street-fed drainage tube that floods when we get heavy rain.

If this isn't enough information, let me know and I'll do my best to provide details!

Brian
 
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Hi Brian,

As you have figured out, there are a number of things  it could be.

Have you talked with your neighbors?  ....or a realtor with lots of gray hair ......or the local cafe where the farmers hang out ( this time of year, that is probably your worse bet).
 
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Hey John,

I'll try one of my neighbors, they've been there for ages and might have some input.

Given the lack of a pump and the permanence (in that I wouldn't want to move it) I suspect that it might be a dry well. It's also next to a flood plain and storm water pipe. Can't confirm at present, but I'll update if I find something.

Thanks!
 
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If that were on my property it would be a bored well cap. they are very common around here. you get a circular concrete cap with a pipe sticking out of it somewhere.
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