This Q&A is pulled from a collection of questions posed to me by students of my Online Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Learn more with my free four-part Masterclass series, here:


When planning to pump available water from a pond or creek low on the property to a spot higher on the property and perhaps too far for a ram pump, what considerations in pump selection and other logistics should I be keeping in mind? Are there reasons not to pump out a swampy low spot to recirculate water to the top of the property? Am I better off just dropping a pipe into the water or installing a well point?

The pump referenced in Geoff’s answer is the Bunyip Pumps by Porta’s Affordable Pumps: If anyone reading this buys one, tell them Geoff sent you. Bryon has promised to donate one to the Permaculture Research Institute after 10 referrals 😉

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