Bullard Spring on 113a



BULLARD SPRING (aka ELLIOTT SPRING)  - Rte. 113A, North Sandwich, NH

Contact: Ole Anderson 284-6473 sandwichrecreation@gmail.com

This Water is tested periodically throughout the year, but contamination can occur at any point.  Please drink at your own risk.

This page is to share results of water testing at the Bullard Spring in North Sandwich, as well as any information about work we do to the water capture and conveyance at the Spring.  Below is an explanation of the work we did in 2020 and some history about the geology and water capture.  We would like to acknowledge Skip Hoag for his volunteerism on this project, and much of what is written below are his words.

2021 Testing and Management:  The initial 2021 water test showed Coliform bacteria, so we began a management plan to add top-soil loam around the capture tank, and plant grass seed.  We added 1 yard of loam, but did not seed at we had a spring-time drought.  We will add more loam and seed the area in the fall.  We also began a weekly sanitizing regiment, of adding bleach to the water pipe and the the water capture tank. 

.In July 2020 the town office was alerted to possible contamination of the Bullard Spring.  Here is the process we undertook to eliminate the bacteria presence in the water.

2020 Testing
We took a water sample on 7/28.  The sample confirmed bacteria presence with 29.5 MPN.  We replaced the water line and chlorinated the spring box.  We next tested the water on 8/12, and bacteria presence was confirmed, since the lab did not indicate the MPN count we tested the water on 8/25 for an MPN count.  The count from the 8/25 test showed a 9.1 MPN.  After 8/25 test, we formulated a plan to contain water and prevent infiltration (see Spring Restoration plan).  We completed the restoration work in November and tested the water again on 11/10.  The water results showed less than 1 MPN, which is the threshold for contamination.  We did our final water test with the state laboratory, as it was indicated this would be the most cost-effective laboratory for continued testing.

Water Line
The water pipe which conveys water from the Spring Box to the trough by the road appeared damaged and was replaced in July.  We used a single piece of ¾” black polyethylene pipe to replace the existing damaged line.  We used the existing coupling at the spring box to attach the pipe.  We connected a 100’ pipe and cut off the excess (about 30’).

Spring Box Construction
The spring box consists of three structures on top of one another placed over time.  The oldest structure is a wooden box surrounding the spring.  The next structure on top is a concrete poured box which has decayed considerably and has a crack that may allow surface water flow from the outside thereby possibly contaminating the spring.  On top there is a more recent spring box that prevents contamination from entering from the top.  This was installed after the spring was evaluated by Joe Upson and Skip Hoag  many years ago (1988?).

The source of the spring is a channel filled with 1 inch rounded gravel carved out of a compact clay-rich till.  The channel enters the spring box from the left-center at the back and presumably continues underground toward Whiteface Intervale to the North.  It appears the channel is covered with slump material.  It is unknown what has buried the channel further to the North or whether it is exposed at the surface.  However because the spring has a good perennial flow, it is likely that the channel supplying the spring is overlain by permeable sand found in Whiteface Intervale.  On the right side of the spring house and facing toward the hill away from the road is black organic matter and large rocks which might be a larger channel that has been infilled with boulders and wetland material.  This channel does not seem to transmit any significant groundwater.

Spring Restoration Plan
The side of the spring box was excavated so that the till was exposed horizontally 2 to 3 feet from the spring.  The edge of the spring box was sealed with clay after parts of the rotten underlying wooden spring box was removed.  The crack in the older concrete box was filled with hydraulic cement.  A non-contaminating plastic liner was installed around the spring box and extending out horizontally away such that the plastic was level on the ground and then extending about halfway up the recent cement spring box.  The corner of the plastic was cut at a 45 degree angle to allow the plastic to lie flat against the box.  The corners and edges of the plastic were sealed with clay and additional plastic was laid over the gaps made by cutting the plastic corners.  In the back of the spring box plastic was installed covering the exposed gravel channel.  Once all the sealing was done the spring box was encapsulated with fine sand which acts as a filter to precipitation.  To prevent erosion ledge pack was added to cover the fine sand.  Next year loam will be added to cover the ledge pack and the loam will be seeded with grass.

2021 Test results:

2020 Test results:

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Mailing: PO Box 194, Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Phone:  603-284-7701

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