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Here is a short couple videos showing the 1200' long gravity feed irrigation system that I setup which has been a huge success and has since then been working, providing us clean water for the gardens for the past 2 years. With the exception of a few short service interruptions due to bears biting a few holes in the line, it has worked FLAWLESSLY! Improvements we have made since building it originally include a large 1000L holding tank just below the original barrel vessel and a spin out screen filter to avoid debris from plugging up the sprinklers. This small spring flows year round although in late summer early fall slows to a trickle. By placing the large tote there, we can let the trickle fill the tank overnight and water the gardens in the morning and night. Its works essentially like a small dam holding up the flow. I spend about 1-3 hours annually maintaining this system! not bad and no power needed! Enjoy!




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Oliver Glaser
 
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Awesome! I am laughing at this:

With the exception of a few short service interruptions due to bears biting a few holes in the line, it has worked FLAWLESSLY!



It's funny to me because when I was a kid in Alaska, my family spent a few years doing placer gold mining, and we were constantly suffering from bears biting, stealing, or dragging away our rubber goods, including rubber-lined canvas fire hose we were using to run water through our sluices, our (initially) waterproof mining boots (which the bears would bite, destroy, and then drag a few hundred feet away into the woods), and our wheelbarrow tire (which they would bite and let the air out of for no obvious reason). It was a constant struggle and frustration!

This was on the 70-mile river, a tributary of the Yukon river not very far down the Yukon from Eagle, Alaska and Dawson, YT.
 
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Great looking spring, Oliver. Nice job. What's the elevation drop on that?
 
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