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swimmer_spe

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Posted: 06/10/20 02:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a camp set up, and I wish to pump water from the lake to a holding tank to be used for things like dishwashing. The elevation is about 20 feet, but about 50 feet of a hose run.

Would a submersible pump like this work:
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-1-3-hp-submersible-utility-pump-0623409p.html#srp

Or, would I need something like this:
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-convertible-jet-pump-1-2-hp-0623590p.html#srp

I don't care how long it takes to pump it up, but I would like to do this as inexpensive as possible.

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I would not use a submersible pump. I would think it would pick up more matter from the bottom of the lake. I would rather have a land pump then a filter on the lake end of a hose. That way the pump will stay clean.


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Posted: 06/10/20 06:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are going to need a way to keep the suction end off the bottom with either option.

You could just get a plastic tub, sink it and put the submersible pump in the tub. This would cause water to come in over the top lip of the tub limiting bottom debris.

You will still need a filtration system and obviously, you want to be careful to keep it separate from any drinking source unless you are prepared to properly treat the water.


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The first one you listed seems more than capable if you have a suitable power source available, but I agree that it would be best to suspend the pump, maybe under a float ring or tied to a buoy if you don't have a pier to hang it from.

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Posted: 06/10/20 06:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is much easier to push the water than to pull it up to a pump.





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Posted: 06/10/20 06:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

would definitely use a jet pump that way you could have water on demand and forego the use of your tank. Lake water is not chlorinated so it will go skunky in your tank within a few days in the heat of summer.


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Easy way to pump lake water is to put some rocks in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket, put the pump or the strainer pickup in the bucket, tie the hose and wiring plus a retrieval rope to the handle and set it down in the lake.

If it’s easy to get into the lake, you might want a screen with a sock on it to help filter, but it may require cleaning.

Did this for many years watering cattle on some rented ground with a small 2-stroke pump. I filled a 500 gallon tank up on a small rise, then used that to gravity feed two smaller tanks with float valves.

Calcium Hypochlorite pool chlorinating tablets could be used to keep the water from getting nasty in your storage tank.


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Float + anchor

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Posted: 06/10/20 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, your first link (submersible) from CdnTire would work fine.

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Posted: 06/10/20 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A simple low-power submersible pump will work fine, just keep it off the bottom. Maybe a filter at some point between the lake and the holding tank.


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