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Obvious solutions

testing the creek pump during the winter freeze

This is our creek pump acting like a fancy park water fountain.

We disconnected it to confirm it was still working. Part of the pipe is frozen.

Anna dreamed up the obvious alternative. Pump water from the well into the tank.

It just took a few minutes to switch the hose from drinking to washing water. Not a day too soon because the tank was getting close to the bottom. We didn't get to fill  it before the well level went down to the pump, but it should be enough to get us through till the weather gets above freezing.

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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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