I'm new to this group, found alot of info and have a problem someone may
have an answer too.
Just bought a very small cottage and |I'd still like to go up in winter. It
get's pretty cold there -25 and I need a water pump system that could at
least bring up 10 gallons for the weekends.
I'm at about 40 feet higher than the lake which is another 30 feet out. I
was thinking of the cheapest way possible using garden hose and a commercial
pump. I know I'd have to break through ice and make sure to bring that pump
inside and dry it every time, the hose would freeze but can't I let it drain
back after I'm done pumping? What sort of economical pump would do the job?
Has anyone a good solution to make this work?
Thanks for your help,
a pint is a pound so a gallon is 8 pounds and a five gallon jug is 40
pounds times 2 equals 80 pounds of fresh city drinking water. your
email suggests canada so -25 may be centigrade which is -13 fahrenheit
which is amazingly cold so bring the clean water inside your vehicle
instead of on the back of a pickup truck. if you actually could figure
out how to collect rainwater or lots of snow you'd still have to
sanitize it with bleach just like that frozen lake which isn't exactly
Maybe what you need is a 'fireplug' in the lake. Put in a vertical pipe
extending deeper than the worst freeze with a valve on top. Fill pipe
completely with compressed air and close valve. To use, attach pump and
open valve. The pipe in the ice cannot freeze as lonf as it's filled
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There is very little potable surface water in North America. If you plan
to drink water, bring it with you or rethink this plan. The amount of work
you describe with this temporary pump system seems to be more work than
just carrying a couple of jugs of water up from the lake or from the
Any pump you use will have to be at the lake, or at least no more than
about 26 feet above it. The 'no care' system would be a permanent pump
left in the lake itself year round. The pump would have to be a
submersible with the foot valve/back-flow valve removed and set at a
depth below the deepest expected ice level. It would only be used to
fill containers in the house through an 'air gap', i.e., open pipe
pouring water down into the container. As soon as the pump shuts off,
the pipe drains back.
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