Re: Cheapest way to pump water from creek/cistern?
If you have good flow in the creek, and can run back up it a ways, you might look into archaic technology - a hydraulic ram - a water-powered water pump, no electricity required.
Loaded with annoying ads, but seems to be a valid DIY...
I think this is the source of the design for the first link. Also no ads:
Reading up on the clemson design, I'd skip their inner tube if you will be drinking the water, and just buy a small bladder (captive air) tank instead. If your drinking water comes from elsewhere, the inner tube (not exactly food contact safe material) is less of an issue.
What you do when it freezes needs to be thought out...
Last edited by Ecnerwal; March 15th, 2009 at 20:23 PDT.
Offgrid non-system consisting of Kohler and Northern Lights generators plus years of fiddling with what panels - inverters - batteries to buy when I finally pry my wallet open and get going on that. Likewise a radiant floor which has air in the tubes, waiting for me to sort out the solar and connection to the cooling systems of the Kohler and Nothern Lights (which might as well provide heat while they are burning fuel to make electricity). In progress, very slowly in progress - but not in debt.