Savage, welcome to Pond Boss!
F/Rod gives good advice on some questions that may be answered by whoever the builders are.
With the 'muddy' water, there'll be no way to tell how deep the pond may be from sight, but you may be able to take a john boat or float tube out and check depths.
If the 'pond' was built to handle run off during construction, I don't think it will be much more than a few feet deep. That can easily dry up in Texas summers.
Thank you Sunil.
So if this turns out it's a retention/infiltration pond, not deep and would/could dry up, would this potentially be a good start since it's already partially dug out for actually draining it and doing it proper? I'm not sure I'd be opposed to that, depending on what I'd spend.
Since we're just coming out of summer and there's this much water, it really has me wondering... Thank you for your advise.
I can't really give you a solid answer on if the pond is a 'good start' if it's truly is a retention pond for construction. As you may be aware, most any kind of retention pond is designed to accumulate, and then drain off, any water from run-off. So right from the start, it goes against what you would be looking for in an actual pond for recreation. I think the short answer is that it may not be a good start towards getting the pond that you want.
Many times, once a pond, for any purpose, is dug and filled, it makes things more difficult to do any remedial work that could be required to make things 'water-tight.', no pun intended!
Now, sometimes, excavations are made to create a base or pad for the construction of a structure. That could also be what this 'pond' is all about, but in that case, did the builder do the necessary steps to make it a permanent pond, or was the idea to put some kind of fill back in??