I have been following your desire to irrigate your yard/garden from a
lake that is 100 feet away and 10 feet down. I may be missing something
- but it seems to me that since you are so close to a lake - you could
sink a shallow well and draw fresh clean water right out of the ground.
My house is on a small lake in Tallahassee - I own frontage on the lake
and it may be 10 feet lower at the lake than my house. My neighbor sunk
a well and hit plenty of water by digging down less than 5 feet. He uses
a simple sump pump motor and draws water up the pipe to irrigate his
plants. It seems like a lot of trouble to save a couple dollars a month
on his water bill - but if it makes him feel good to have his little
"save the planet" project - who am I to judge it. Another thing about
well water versus lakes water - is that well water is less polluted by
sure its a possibility. but i wouldnt bet against it. and it's easy enough
to find out considering how much digging and pipe laying it could save.
besides the 'save the planet' project aspect, you could make a good argument
that lake or well water is better for your plants than city treated water
One example is the Rock River in WI/IL (which currently may run in some
places to one side of the ancient glacier melt channel). On one side of
the river, if you dig into the limestone (beginning 3' underground), water
flows from the well without even a pump (artesian well or spring). On the
other side of the river, you would have trouble sucking water unless down
into the sandstone more than 120' down.
My grandparents had a lakewater pump for outside spigots. Not sure about
details, but their pump was in a bathhouse not far from the lake. If this
is still allowed, you would need to make certain that any piping was below
the frost line and water intake below lake freeze level.
In this case (distance involved), some sort of submersible pump might make
more sense (no need to maintain prime).
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