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So I've found a 63 acre property with river access (~200ft of river frontage). The average river discharge is 1490 cu ft/s (~11k gal/s). The river is running right around 644ft above sea level and I would like to be able to store water from the river.

There are two options:
-Half acre about 1k ft away and 110 ft above the river is relatively flat.
-~5 acres a little over 2k ft away and 188ft above the river is also relatively flat.

If I can get the water to the furthest location, I would have no problem storing water closer as well.

Initially I was thinking potentially a ram pump could work but it sounds like fall is required even if you have relatively good flow?

Does anyone have any additional ideas on moving this water?
 
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770W dc pump $560 @ 800 gallons per hour (3,000 gallon a day or 12,000 liters a day)
1000W solar panel $1000
No battery or inverter or charge controller needed.
Total price $1560

http://www.amazon.com/24V-768W-Submersible-40M-Head/dp/B00M1MNH3W


 
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Thanks Benji, solar is definitely one way to go! Do you know of any other ways aside from using eletricity to move water that far/high?

 
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There is always the old and trusted no-electric windmill or waterwheel.


Windmill
$2500
Windmill Tower
$2500

Total Price $5,000
http://www.ironmanwindmill.com/price-list.htm


Some DIY
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WaterPumping/waterpumping.htm#Windmill
http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/ah810e/ah810e10.htm
 
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There are a couple commercial versions of the watersheds pump, I think Rife (the ram pump people) make one. I think you are pushing the limits for most of them, though. Solar is probably cheapest these days.
 
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I was actually looking at Rife last night. It looks like they can take water from a stream and move it up nearly 100ft. I was thinking perhaps a dam could be created and allow the water to fall out of the dam through a ram pump to get it the rest of the way to the top of the property. There is a fairly sizable valley that all the water from the potential property/surrounding areas flows into (and then into the river)-- this could be a pretty ideal place for a few acre dam.

I would like to keep the majority of the infrastructure on the property as low tech as possible.

That being said, I work with technology and data all the time. My long term plans would be to install raspberry pi sensors (or something low watt with sensor/wifi) to monitor soil moisture, humidity, and air flow at set intervals throughout the property just to feed my need for information and perhaps use that data to show before/after impacts of different projects.

Thanks for all the suggestions! Look forward to continue engaging in the community here.
 
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