Forgive me if this answer is already up on here, but I couldn't find anything particular to what I am trying to do. I need to lift water approximately 50 feet vertically and 200 feet horizontally from a river to the top of our property. I plan to have one hose for water coming from the river, a pump at the highest point of the loop, a bleeder valve at the pumps outlet, and a return pipe back to where the intake is in the river. It's just to keep a stock tank filled up for garden watering, so flow rate is hardly a concern. A trickle will suffice as it'll just be used to keep the tank topped up. Is this a crazy plan or does it have a shot. This is the pump I hope to use: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200578549_200578549?cm_mmc=Housefile--SHIPPED--1206-_-CONF I realize it only self primes up to 12 feet above water source, but I can use what's in the stock tank to prime when needed.
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Two other solutions come to mind, both don't need switches, batteries or electricity:
Have you checked out a wind powered pumping solution - big enough tank to cover low wind times and let it overflow at others.
Then what about the water pump based on hydraulics? see
Water cannot be 'sucked' higher than atmospheric pressure would push into a vacuum; depending on your altitude, that's maybe 30 feet. So, regardless of 'priming', it won't suffice to use a high-located pump.
One easy solution is to dig a pit (sump) next to the water stream, and install a well pump there (where it can pressurize the water for the uphill movement).