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Old 03-27-2017, 11:13 AM   #1
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Pipe size needed


Hey Y'all,

I'm really hoping someone can help me here. I have ~5 acres of land with 4 small "drainage ponds" on it. What I'd like to do is set up one gas-powered water pump with a PVC valve manifold intended to choose which pond I'd like to drain (one at time or a combination of them). I can't figure out how to attach an image, so I'll try to explain what's going on.

Pond 1 - 60 feet from pump, straight line, slight slope down to pump.
Pond 2 - 200 feet from pump straight line, slight slope down to pump.
Pond 3 - 300 feet from pump, straight line, slight slope down to pump.
Pond 4 - 570 feet from pump, 45-degree angle near middle of line to pump, slope down to pump.

Let me know what other information I can get. I appreciate your help!!

Jesse
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Ayuh,.... Only problem I see is,.....

Pumps will push, but hate to suck,.....

You'd be better off with a portable pump,...
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Thanks for the quick response Bondo, I do appreciate it.

We've been using a portable pump, but it's not user-friendly for the majority of people that are around. The land actually belongs to a volunteer-driven animal sanctuary, and most of our volunteers aren't comfortable with the portable pump. We just received a generous donation of a much larger pump (9HP, ~450 GPM) and I was hoping to be able to use that and make it easy for everyone. It gets very tough during the rainy season in Florida.

I can install a capped T for each line near the valve to prime the pipe before turning the pump on, plus it's a downhill slope for the most part, so I didn't think it would be pulling too awfully hard. What do you think?

Thanks again for your help!

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I can install a capped T for each line near the valve to prime the pipe before turning the pump on, plus it's a downhill slope for the most part, so I didn't think it would be pulling too awfully hard. What do you think?
Ayuh,.... IF, it's in fact downhill, below each pond, then ya, once ya prime the lines, they should siphon down to the pump,....
In theory, you could plumb 'em all to a manifold at the pump,...

As for the line size, go as big as the pump will hook up too, or bigger,....
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