Pump monitoring protocol
The line from the creek pump to the wash water tank
finally thawed out last week. We thought it was still frozen at
first, but a failure to follow protocol led to fortuitous results just
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We turn on the pump at the
electric box outside the trailer. The rule is to leave the lid
open when the pump is running so we'll notice and turn it off a couple
of hours later. But when we tested the pump Friday, we forgot to
open the lid. So when the pump didn't seem able to push the ice up
the hill, we forgot to turn it off.
Half an hour later, I noticed
water spewing out of the line. We opened the electric box lid as a
reminder and soon had a thousand gallons of wash water on hand.
No more pumping water out of the well and into the tank! Yet another sign that spring is coming to the farm.