I have been trying to construct a new pond in Myakka Florida and failed miserably. I paid the first guy $2000 to come out and dig 1/4 acre pond. it took him a month to complete and after he left and the water cleared it was only about 6 feet deep. I paid a second guy to come out with a much larger machine $2000 to finish it. My pond grew by about 10 feet all around but when the mud cleared it is still only about 6 feet deep. The water table is only about 1 foot below the surface and all of the material in the ground is sand. A 4" trash pump has a hard time keeping the water out of the pond to dig it comes in so fast and I am guessing the sides of the pond are washing out filling in the center after it is dug. Can anyone offer me any solutions before I waste and more money?
Welcome to PBF Axen,
I have had the same experience with my water table pond except I have hired guys 3 times instead of two!. I have the 4th guy scheduled for May. From what I have seen, the equipment used to date is just too small to have the reach required to get the depth in a water table pond. My 4th try, I have hired a guy with a large excavator (10 yd bucket) to get er dun! Yes, I will have to pay $500 to $1000 for road permits for transporting this big of equipment and it will not be cheap by the hour to operate. But at least it will get done the way I want it. A piece of equipment this size can make a huge deep puddle in two days.
I am not a pro, hopefully, one will see yer post and offer an opinion to your problem.
Welcome aboard axem
How much does the water go up and down?
How deep do you want the pond?
What are you doing with the material?
Worked In Florida--same deal high water table--but the material was like beach sand---the equipment could run down in the hole( of course the pump was running all the time) the material was pushed to the side then lifted out with a trackhoe.
Just something to think about