I moved to a house on about .75 acres. I'll be doing some serious sheet mulching this fall/winter. Right now, I'm having drought issues.
I live next to the Skookumchuck River, and I have water rights that run with the land. The bank is close to vertical, and there are large pointy (that's a technical term) boulders at the river's edge. IOW, I cannot walk down to the river's edge without risking dashing my brains on the rocks. (I almost did brain myself trying to cut back those #$@&* blackberries. My dog tossed tennis balls on my head while I dragged myself up the bank.)
The area I need to flood is about 15-20 feet above the river level in the summer.
I'm looking at semi-trash pumps, but I have no idea what I'm looking at or for. I'd probably flood ~300 square ft once a week until this drought is over. I'm not trying to water a lawn; I have some old growth trees that are looking pretty sad, especially the redwood. The hazelnut trees look terrible, too.
Right now I'm using city water and a sprinkler, but I'd like to grab some water from the river when we're in drought conditions. I'll also need to fill/drain a duck pond next summer.
Please help out this Philly girl who is learning to be a cool ass Washingtonian.
I'll be set up to collect water by Sept/Oct., but right now, we're in a drought. I'm not trying to water any raised bed - I just want to flood part of my yard once of twice a week.
I'm about to post a couple videos that might help explain the situation.
You might be able to do an airlift with an air pump? Don't know if it can go that high. Most likely not.
I guess if I were in your situation I would get an aquaponics or pond pump rated for 20ft head and attach it to a generator. Sounds like a tough problem.
A small submersed pump (example) that feeds another pump (could be the same type).
The pumps would be powered by a 50W solar panel.
Just make sure to put the pump that is in the river in a protective casing that also filters the inflow. (A plastic bottle might work.)
Beth Johnson wrote:@Rob: Yeah. Trash pumps run on gasoline, and the lift on a relatively inexpensive one can be around 25 ft. I can't physically get to the water's edge, so I would just throw the intake hose into the river. I wouldn't go through all of this if my trees didn't look like a wildfire looking for a place to happen. It's a shame. Most are old growth, they're on the side of a river for Pete's sake, yet they're parched.
Well I hope you can save them. Trees are resilient so fingers crossed!
In solar the only good pump I know that can do the work is the dankoff pump positioned close to the water with a panel and linear actuator https://www.altestore.com/store/solar-water-pumps/surface-solar-pumps/solar-slowpump/dankoff-slowpump-1322-24-24vdc-surface-pump-p452/
Really expensive though propably more then a season of municipal water... for now.
Cheers , David
I decided to go the path of least resistance for now - I bought a trash pump. I bought a 3" version of this pump.
I'll let you know how it goes once I receive it.
If so then you might not need a pump at all, at least not directly in/pumping from the river. Just a long hose. Put one end in the river as far upstream as you can and the other end low enough for a syphon to work. You will most likely need to part fill the hose with water to get it running at first, but you can do this from the end on dry land. Once you have your water outlet on a convenient piece of land you will probably still want to pump it higher but you won't be messing about with a perilous river bank and having to prime several feet of dry hose.
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