Thunderstorms are currently moving through camp. The rain held off yesterday leaving the guests with a gorgous day to be on the mountain. It has been raining off and on all night and this morning. The precipitation should help to run our ram pump. The video above is our ram pump in motion. We have three forms of water pumps that pump water from the bottom of camp to the top of camp. The LeConte spring fills up a holding tank. The water is then pumped through our solar pump, ram pump, or our gas operated pump. The solar pump is the first option. It works great as long as we have enough solar power. If there is a great deal of water flow and the solar is not operating, the ram pump is then used. It takes 9 gallons of water going through the pump to run the pump and send a gallon of water to the holding tanks at the top of camp. If there is no sun or large volume of water, we have to resort to the gas powered pump. I am happy to say, we have pretty much alleviated the gas pump. The first two systems are extremely efficient. Once we pump the water to the tanks at the top of camp, the water is treated for public consumption and then gravity fed back to camp.
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