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Pump water to barn from pond or spring?
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Lynn Kasdorf    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:30:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering purchasing a nearby 20 acre farm. It has a barn with electricity but no water. There is a good size spring-fed pond near the barn.

Of course, the house is on a well, but i'd prefer not run a water line from the house.

How reasonable would it be to work out a system to pump water from the pond, or even possibly a spring (there are apparently several on the property) for year round water in the barn. Even if it was not certifiable for human consumption, I'd want it for watering animals, power washing things, garden watering, etc.

I'll probably build a small tack room with a little water heater as well.

Do people ever pump pond water for this kind of thing? Alternatively, how about tapping into a spring? I don't know much about springs and how regular their flow is, etc.

Thanks-
LK


Alias    Posted 02-23-2004 at 12:55:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you checked to see if you have gravity flow from the springs to the barn?


Lynn Kasdorf    Posted 02-23-2004 at 13:16:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The pond and it's feeder spring are downhill somewhat from the barn, which is downhill from the house.

There may be another spring somewhere. There are supposed to be several on the property.

The pond has a little building on it- a springhouse, I reckon. I've never known exactly the purpose of a springhouse.



TB    Posted 02-23-2004 at 18:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lynn. The purpose of a spring house was to keep the sun out of the spring so algi didnt grow and help keep the water fit for drinking and kooler. before the days of referagerators thay would put the milk cans in the water till thay could get it to markit. many also served as storage much like a root celler. If built well enough thay never got below freezing inside untill late winter, so it made a good place to store fruts and vegies. The running water would regulat the temp in there.


Robert in W. Mi    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:40:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

I pump all the water i need for my barn out of one of my spring fed ponds. My springs don't even come close to drying up no matter how dry of a year we have. And there's a pretty good stream leaveing my ponds all year around too. I use the water for the bathroom, power washer ect.. out in the barn.

In the 50's and 60's we even took all our drinking water for the old house out of this same pond. It was piped to the house underground, and gravity would run it to the kitchen, and bathroom. It went to the drinking cups in the old barn too.

Robert


Lynn Kasdorf    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:48:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ok, now we're talking. Beautiful place you have there.

So- do you use a submersible pump? Is there a pressure tank in the barn? Do you run through filters of any sort? How do you keep it all from freezing? What sort of inlet filters exist to keep fish, and sludge from getting in the pump?

The owners say that even during droughts in recent years, the pond only went down abut 6", so maybe this one will be like yours.

Thanks-


rhouston    Posted 02-23-2004 at 12:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
they make a strainer to go on the end in the pond. a shallow well pump and bladder tank in the barn will pressurize it for you. Bury the lines just like any other water line to keep from freezing (below frost line 4-5 feet here more/less depending on location). if your pond overflows it should stay ice free a foot or two under the surface of the pond. I used a screen covered milk jug with no sides to siphon our pond water for the garden. If by chance the pond is above the barn garvity feed works well. The original house where I live had only gravity feed water to the house. by the time it gets to the garden the pressure is quite good even through 200 feet of half inch black plastice hose. The drop from pond to garden at my house is around 75 feet.


deadcarp    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:25:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
never take water for granted either. a tested well is always more predictable. - my buddy up in b.c. chopped a hole in the stream ice and carried buckets of nice clear drinking water from snow melt from the nearby mountains. what could be nicer right? but in the spring, they found the remains of a dead moose about a mile upstream. err, gulp. :)


Lazy Al    Posted 02-23-2004 at 16:42:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC . Why couldn't a person with a water set up like the afore mentions pump the water in a say 4x4 by 8' deep cistern and fill it 2/3 full of washed sand and put a well screen in the bottom and pump out of that and treat it with a little chlorine or what ever and be a safe drinking supply/
Ever heard of a set up like that ?
Al


rhouston    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:04:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Springs as a water source are O.K. I use one for my house. HOWEVER come august the flow can almost stop. You will need to think about that. We have a 500 gallon holding tank between the house and spring which we watch carefully during the dry times. If you do use the spring check it during a good dry spell to determine if it has water 24/7.


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