The ubiquitous tale of evaporation ponds

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What's your experience with evaporation ponds?

Never used one.
Used one and thought it worked but didn't see how it was cleaned up.
Used one and thought it didn't work but didn't see how it was cleaned up.
No votes
Used one and was there to see it cleaned up: it worked.
I was there ... this is pretty much exactly what happened.
Something else entirely ...
Total votes : 39

Postby lucky420 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:45 pm

i think i will just rely on baby wipes, sponge bath & 1 or 2 headwashings...i may become stinky420
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Postby This Woman » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:15 am

Point taken on the intrinsic hypocrisy, Ugly, but it is a little different. Despite appearances, the playa is a delicate thing. And those water puddles leave dips that can prove fatal. The dips are invisible, and most of the year open to vehicle access.

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Postby Teo del Fuego » Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:00 pm

evap ponds that don't work are typically those that are undersized and ill-positioned. They also require a bit of sweeping. Impose a cut-off period so the pond can fully dry before it is rolled up and placed back in storage.

IF that fails try adding red food dye to the pond. This allows you to dump the water (which is no longer gray) directly onto the playa. Also, consider camping next to the portapotties and running 1" pvc hooked up to a sub-pump from the evap pond into one of the loos. It works.
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Postby capjbadger » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:11 pm

Teo del Fuego wrote:IF that fails try adding red food dye to the pond. This allows you to dump the water (which is no longer gray) directly onto the playa.

Red "gray" water... is that the kool-aid they keep telling people to drink? ;)

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:11 pm

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