So summer is heating up early, and its been pretty dry for the last few weeks. I'm starting to worry that the ever expanding garden is taking too much water from our well to keep going. We have a nice river along the back of our property, so I am thinking through options on using water from that for the garden. I have trails back to the river, but it does take a good 10+ minute drive in the 2038r to go from the garden to the river. So ideally I'd like to have enough water that I can fill a tank up once or twice a week and be able to water from that for the week. I do have 3 IBC totes that seem like they would work good. I use the pallet/cage for fire wood. I was thinking if I could find a wagon like https://www.countrymfg.com/farmers_wagon.htm I could mount 1 or maybe 2 of the totes to it, along with a 12v battery, solar panel, and 12v pump so I have pressure to spray the garden with. Then I'd need a higher volume transfer pump to use filling the tank(s).
The cheapest/simplest way would be to get another tote with the pallet/cage and just cary that in my forks to the river and back. While that would work, I'm not a huge fan of that for a couple reasons. First is a full tote can't be picked up by my tractor, so I'd need to only partially fill. Not a huge deal, but does mean I'll be having to go fill up at the river much more often. The other is the trail, its kinda steep and, carrying max load on the loader a couple times a week seems like it may be pushing my luck safety wise, and loader reliability wise.
Finding a cheep used trailer is easy, finding a cheep used wagon is impossible. A trailer seems more risky with that much weight on it. Balance would be critical for safety.
Transfer pumps seem to be mostly low flow. Electric ones typically seem to top out around 5.5 GPM (330 gal/hour), and with 1-2 totes that would take 1-2 hours to fill. You can step up to a transfer pump with a dedicated motor and get much better flow, but that's another engine to make sure is working. You can also get PTO transfer pumps, but so far those seem like way overkill both in GPM and cost.
The river is only maybe 2' below the bank where I can get the tractor, so I don't need a ton of head pressure for the transfer.
So what are your thoughts on the method of moving the tank, the tank choice, and transfer pump options?
2017 2038r, 220r loader, 72" MMM, 66" EA Box blade, Woodmax FM-62 flail mower, Artillian forks, JD KBL 6' 1950s discs, subsoiler