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Hoping someone can help.   I'm trying to pump up creek water into a cistern.   I need to pump about 30ft of head, and pump about 0.5-1.5gal/min.    The run is about 100ft, but the volume need is low, so I'm not to worried about drops in the run   I much prefer something self priming, and need about 1-2ft of lift.   The water is reasonably clean w/ decent visibility (5-8ft), but it's not tap water clean for sure.    I've tried amazon.com rv diaphram pumps but they fail too quickly.   Is there a reliable solution out there?   I've found better quality pumps that run on 110AC, but that's not a good option for me given the location of the creek and the service I'd have to run.   I assume there's some kind of pond pump that would work, but I'm guessing most of the better ones are 110AC and submersible.  I'd much prefer something that isn't submersible, but can go that way if I have to.   Thanks in advance for your help!
 
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Have you looked into ram pumps (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV1yhnVCeJY)? Those are pretty slick, and you can build one yourself or buy one.

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I have a Whale UF1815, which will suck up to 10 feet and push up to ~90 feet. The higher it pushes, the lower the volume. It has more flow than you're looking for, but it's rated flow is straight out of the pump, so by the time you get the height and friction in it might be closer to 2gpm. It has a filter built into it.

On the intake side, if you put a big pvc pipe (~3", maybe 2 feet long) in on the end of a flexible hose, you can drill a gazillion holes into it and then wrap it in window screen, and submerge the whole mess in the water. If you put it at a ~45 degree angle, most of the heavier sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the pipe, and you'll do a little per-filtering before it hits the filter on the pump.

I have mine just hooked up to a 150 watt solar panel. When the sun comes out, the water flows. At dark, it shuts off. Pretty bland / easy.
 
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I thought ram pumps needed only a vertical drop for power; what's the solar panel for @TonyHawkins ?
 
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Phil Gardener wrote:I thought ram pumps needed only a vertical drop for power; what's the solar panel for @TonyHawkins ?



Just two options, a ramp pump or a 12v electrical.  The ram pump will run through the night, which is cool, the electrical one is a bit easier to install and more compact (in my situation and opinion).
 
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Got it!  Sorry, I missed that there were two options there!  Thanks for clarifying!
 
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I use a 12V pump that is very common;y used in the RV,s we see running around.
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