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Elder Spring main view

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Elder Spring

Seminole County

Elder Spring pipe

Elder Spring pipe


Elder Spring is a surficial aquifer seep. The spring was modified from its natural condition by the placement of a short length of 3-foot-diameter clay pipe, covered by a metal lid, and set vertically into the ground at the point of discharge. The pool contained by the pipe is about 2 feet deep; spring flow is from a white-sand bottom and out through a 2-inch-diameter hole near the top of the pipe. Discharge from the pool is northwest to a man-made pond about 50 feet away. The spring is in the center of a circular, concrete wall enclosure 18 inches high and about 12 feet in diameter. This enclosure is covered by a peaked metal roof supported on pillars about 7 feet high. Woven-wire fencing extends from the top of the wall to the eaves of the roof to further enclose the spring. When visited in March 2000, the clay pipe was filled with bricks and there was no flow.

Water quality

Elder Spring was sampled once by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1972. Discharge from the spring has not been measured. Summary statistics of the water quality data for selected variables are shown in the table below.

Summary statistics of water quality and discharge
at Elder Spring

Elder Spring Value Period
Water temperature, °C 24.0 1972
Specific conductance, lab, µmhos/cm at 25°C 73 1972
pH, field 5.40 1972
Calcium, dissolved, mg/L as Ca 4.8 1972
Magnesium, dissolved, mg/L as Mg 2.6 1972
Sodium, dissolved, mg/L as Na 4.2 1972
Potassium, dissolved, mg/L as K 0.8 1972
Chloride, total, mg/L as Cl 6.0 1972
Sulfate, total, mg/L as SO4 2.4 1972
Fluoride, dissolved, mg/L as F 0.10 1972
Alkalinity, total, mg/L as CaCO3 1.0 1972
Total dissolved solids, mg/L 63 1972
Units: µmhos/cm = micromhos per centimeter
         mg/L = milligrams per liter
         cfs = cubic feet per second


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