I really didn't know where to post this, but here goes: I have an elderly associate that has an Island Cottage on a lake in Apsley Ontario, Northeast of Peterborough. For years, we have used lake water for bath, kitchen use etc. Our pump is at the house, and is only a suction type, no jet siphon. It's recently become a PITA to prime the pump during the Spring opener. Typically once this is done, we're good for the season, but it requires repeated trips to the water edge with 5gal pails, to haul the water, and try to fill the supply line. Going up for the close, the owner and his son found that it had lost 'prime'. Apparently it took the 2 hours to get the water up and running. OK, that's the back story!
Owners son said: How about we put a submersable pump, at the end? Well that's what I have at my cottage, but it's in a well! Yea, we'd have to run power. But it would totally eliminate the priming fiasco. Guess we'd have to fashion a float on top and anchor on the bottom, to keep it out of the sand and gravel. The bottom of the lake is basically granite bedrock. So a post is out of the question. Anyone got any ideas???? Oh, the run from the house to the lake edge is about 50 feet, but we've got the foot valve probably out another 25'. And the drop from the current pump to the water surface is about 12'-15'. Thank for any input! ~Scotty