Monday, December 3, 2012

first time water hauling

my water hauling days have begun ... today i hauled three loads of water to the ranch ... about 1500 gallons total ... it takes about one hour round-trip per load ... or three hours total, today ... and that should last us 5 days ... say, until saturday or sunday.

i think this was my first time towing a trailer too ... jeez, so many firsts.

here's how it works ... you have two hoses ... one hose goes from the water source to the pump and the other hose goes from the pump to the tank on the trailer ... the pump sucks from the bottom and pushes from the top ... so when you are filling the tank on the trailer, the order is: water source to hose to bottom of pump (sucking) and then hose from the top (pushing) into the tank on the trailer ... when you get to your destination and want to unload the water from the tank on the trailer to the tank at the property, the order is (reversed): tank to hose to bottom of pump (sucking) and then hose from top (pushing) into the storage tank at the property ... each time you suck or push you have to switch the two hoses around so that you are either filling the tank on the trailer or unloading it ... its only two connections, no big deal ... (you do have to close the valve to the tank on the trailer when it is full before you disconnect or switch the hoses.)

oh, and you have to make sure that you prime the pump with water before sucking ... just fill it with water from the top before connecting the hose ... and be sure to drain the pump after you are done (drain plug underneath) so that water does not freeze inside the pump and break it.

there are people who make a living hauling water for retail sale in this state.