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jay0087
May. 26, 2011, 09:40 AM
I know there is a thread about building an indoor wash rack but would think making one outside would be a little different.

Our regular wash rack does not work at the moment because of plumbing issues and the barn owner is cheap. Up by my barn is a area that is flat and then starts to slowly slant down hill, I would think this is the perfect place for it. But it runs into a creek, is it safe to have horse products running into the creek?

I am not to sure about how to go about building it. What I was thinking needed to be was taking off the top layer of grass and soil, boarding the sides up and putting in blue stone or concrete down and putting a matt on top. Putting in 4*4 for cross ties.

Think that will work or fail? Any good ideas or tips?

rustbreeches
May. 27, 2011, 02:30 AM
I'm pretty sure the EPA isn't going to like waste water runoff heading into a creek. If it is in a specified water shed area, that is even more bad news. I would check with zoning in your area before incurring the hefty fines assessed to agricultural operations that contaminate waterways

jetsmom
May. 27, 2011, 03:24 AM
Can you put in a french drain downhill from the wash rack?