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Boulware Spring main view
Boulware Spring facility
Boulware Spring is a fourth-magnitude spring that issues from a pipe in a semicircular brick wall in the side of the hill west of the old water treatment plant. Water flows south into concrete retaining pools and then to a small stream to Paynes Prairie. Boulware Spring is located on the site of the original public water plant for Gainesville. Now a city park, the water plant building has been turned into a small museum with conference room facilities. Early pictures of the site are displayed in the water treatment plant conference room, and some of the old plant equipment is in an adjacent room. The park also serves as the western trailhead of the Gainesville to Hawthorne Rail Trail.
Boulware Spring retaining pool outlet
Discharge from Boulware Spring was measured in 2000 at 0.3 cubic feet per second (cfs) by St. Johns River Water Management District.
Boulware Spring was sampled by the district in 2000. Summary statistics of the water quality data for selected variables are shown in the table below.
Summary statistics of water quality and discharge
at Boulware Spring
|Alkalinity, total, mg/L as CaCO3||177.4||2000|
|Calcium, total, mg/L as Ca||57.9||2000|
|Chloride, total, mg/L as Cl||17.2||2000|
|Fluoride, total, mg/L as F||0.11||2000|
|Magnesium, total, mg/L as Mg||26.3||2000|
|Potassium, total, mg/L as K||2.6||2000|
|Sodium, total, mg/L as Na||14.8||2000|
|Specific conductance, field, µmhos/cm at 25°C||503||2000|
|Sulfate, total, mg/L as SO4||65.5||2000|
|Total dissolved solids, mg/L||294||2000|
|Water temperature, °C||22.2||2000|
mg/L = milligrams per liter
cfs = cubic feet per second