Neal Styka

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since Feb 17, 2012
Milwaukee, WI
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I haven't personally been down there but I did receive a report from a person who inspected it and made a few minor tweaks to things but overall it was working well.
The pump is designed to not need service since it is so hard to get it in and out of a well. Here is a link to products we used - there are lots of different sizes depending upon flow rates and the head it needs to overcome (distance you need to pump). http://net.grundfos.com/doc/webnet/sq_flex/int/work_smart.html

Good luck!
6 years ago
Several years ago I helped install some solar water pumps in Guatemala. We used both Dankoff and Grundfos pumps. The Grundfos pump was in a hand dug 100'+ well. I think we had 3 or 4 panels powering just that pump. Unless you want to mess with batteries pumping the water from the well for use when there is not sunlight out, the best option would be to pump during sunny hours to some sort of above ground storage tank. Then gravity can do the distribution. You'll need to think about how far above the well you will be pumping the water and how much water you need in order to adequately size the pump.

Neal
6 years ago
Hello from Milwaukee.

I live in community owned housing and we have several houses on the block and an empty lot that we are working on doing more perennial based planting with several fruit trees and shrubs. We are also trying to do small scale rainwater harvesting. Chickens became a part of our yard last fall and hopefully we will have a beehive in the spring. There is lots of good stuff going on here in Milwaukee with 2 PDC offered this summer and a good buzz about what's happening.

Neal
6 years ago
I was considering making a hugelkutur bed with some mulberry limbs and branches I cut down when I pollarded the tree earlier this winter but had someone suggest that perhaps Mulberry like willow might sprout and then root. Any thoughts on if this is likely or not?
6 years ago