Rake away all debris such as leaves and loose soil and any sticks or garbage that may be present. Clear the area that you have determined will be the size of your reservoir. Depending upon your intentions, this may be a tiny depression of just a few inches, or a large, deep reservoir. The minimum recommended is about 3 feet diameter.
Dig a depression in the center of your cleared area or well until you are satisfied with the flow of water. The deepest part should be in the center, with the sides forming a shallow bowl to the edges of your reservoir.
Place a couple of shovel fulls of gravel over the bottom of the well once you have finished your reservoir. This allows for natural filtering to take place.
Things You Will Need
- 1 to 2 inch gravel
- To further develop your spring, you may build retaining walls around the inside of the reservoir using rock or concrete blocks. Some people place a cement tank with an open bottom to further increase the spring's efficiency and capacity.