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Creek irrigation notes

220 volt pumpThis is a standard 220 volt well pump. It pushes a very healthy flow of water from our creek to a holding tank about 400 feet uphill.

Last summer we managed to hook it directly up to a set of heavy duty sprinklers for the garden, which seemed to work pretty well.

A guy at Home Depot gave me a half hearted warning on how a pump like that wasn't designed for operation in a creek and it might be a problem if it sucks up too much sand.

I carved out a hole in the creek bottom and secured a large plastic box for the pump to sit in to minimize the particle intake. It seems to be mostly free of sand, so I'm hoping this work horse of a pump can handle what little grit is going through it.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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