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Boulware Spring main view

Boulware Spring main view

Boulware Spring facility

Boulware Spring facility

Boulware Spring

Alachua County


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

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.

Water quality

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

Boulware Spring Value Period
Discharge, cfs 0.30 2000
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
pH, field 7.12 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
Units: µmhos/cm = micromhos per centimeter
         mg/L = milligrams per liter
         cfs = cubic feet per second


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