During a good part of the year here in Vermont, we are more likely to ask “What is Spring?”
A natural or “dug” spring, properly built and maintained, can be a safe and clean water source.
What is a spring?
A spring is a water source that brings water to the surface from above the bedrock (ledge) or coming naturally up from the bedrock.
Why not a well?
We construct fewer springs than we did 20 years ago. Vermont’s regulations many times preclude them, and drilled wells have become cheaper than ever. In an area where the neighbors all have sulfur water or their wells are mostly dry holes or very deep, a spring might give good, dependable water.
How do you know a good spring site when you see one?
Hillsides that have water bearing strata, which are identified by the kinds of plants that grow in the area, the topography and the soil type, are good spring sites. A spring requires a greater isolation distance from other houses, animal pastures and leach fields, than a well does. Low lying wetlands are not generally suitable for shallow wells, and a site near a brook is never suitable.
Isn’t a Spring just a wet hole in the ground?
People have been using springs for their water source since time began, and many of them were just that. Today we construct shallow wells using new methods and materials to intercept the water, keep it clean, and bring it into your home. We make springs to last.
Springs need to be maintained and cleaned periodically. Many old springs allow critters of various kinds to use your water before you do (we won’t tell you the horror stories). Our method of constructing or rebuilding a spring keeps them out, and insures the integrity of your water.
Onion River Well & Spring Service
Rich Gouge • Marshfield, VT