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Repurpose sump drain line for overflow?
#524724 08/14/20 08:32 PM
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Hey guys, I’m new in my path to having a pond. We’re looking to build a 1/4-1/3 acre pond. Already read tons of info on the site, but a question.

I’m planning to empty my basement sump pump (and maybe a downspout) into the pond. If I did that could I repurpose the existing 4” drain that runs near the driveway and out to a culvert for the pond overflow? I don’t anticipate a lot of water running through there as I’ve got a pretty small watershed feeding the pond if that makes a difference

Separate question - I’m thinking with our current plans we are going to hit field tile that comes from part of the neighbors soy bean field - should I let that dump in too or reroute around the pond?

Re: Repurpose sump drain line for overflow?
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Think about everything that can come out of a row crop field through subsurface tile - silt, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides.

Then decide if you want the possibility of any of those in your pond.


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Theo Gallus #524766 08/16/20 09:04 PM
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Think I would have to worry about with the sump pump too or just the field tile?

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What could possibly get pumped from the sump? Normally perhaps just seepage due to rain (in our house it would be water softener recharge water, if we had a sump pump), but in case of accidents - clothes/dishwasher water, broken sewage line??? I doubt the volume of water gained is worth the risk.

I have (barn) downspout lines which head towards the pond, but dump above ground and filter through grass before reaching it so I am not worried about bird poop or anything else that might be on the roof when it rains.


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