Back To Top
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: water pump question
If you put a pump <span style="font-style: italic">at</span> the spring, then you'll need over 200' of wire to operate it. Depending on the type of pump you put there, have someone calculate what size wire you'll need to accomodate the voltage drop for the 200' run and the requirements of the chosen pump.
Just putting a pump at the spring, doesn't account for how it will turn on and off. That would need a holding tank/pressure switch to control pump cycles. Or just an on/off switch at the cabin, to activate the pump when needed?
IF the water will flow at all thru the pipe to the cabin, then you can install a small pump at the cabin and not have the hassle of running all that wire, OR worrying about someone snatchin' the pump at the spring?
If the owner of the spring would let you enclose it and set it up so the spring can build up some "head pressure" (higher water level at the spring) that might let you go with a gravity feed?
Our old camp was fed by a spring that was higher, but not high enough to really supply any great amount of pressure/volume. At just "spring pressure/volume", it took about two minutes to fill the coffee pot.
So I installed an old washing machine pump/elec. motor in the basement where the spring pipe came in and wired it to a wall switch on the first floor.
If we wanted more water to quickly fill the tub or wash dishes, just flipped the switch for as long as we wanted "more" water, then turned it off.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B