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Hi. Ime semi off grid... 🤓
I have a mains connection which i will be disconnecting. I have been filling IBC tanks and i now have lots of water for my trailer and garden. I was thinking of setting up a solar panel-charge controller- battery- (invertor)... to run a small pump to increase the water pressure from the ibc tank to house hold water guzlers ( washing machine-wishdosher😁).  Many of the pumps have conflicting promises... or they cost an arm and a leg and a kidney😁...
Just looking for any suggestions...
Thanking you in advance.
Richard. Ireland.
 
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Great question.  Much, of course, depends on your finances. Also to consider us the amount of use you expect it to get.  I suspect a basic shallow well pump might do what you want.  You also seem to be trying to go off grid.  If so, maybe a dc pump would be more to the point.  In any case, you may also wish to explore a pressure tank to go with the pump.   While it will demand mire money up front, it should add time to the life of your pump.
 
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Hi Richard,
To add to what John said about the pressure tank. I believe it is recommended to go with a larger than average pressure tank so the pump does not have to cycle as often.

Secondly, if you want something with less electricity, I know some hand pumps (expensive ones any way) can be hooked up to a pressure tank. You take a few minutes, pump up the tank by hand, and then use the water. No electricity needed.
 
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Great point Matt.  I bought a pretty pricey hand pump from Lehman’s with a hose fitting.   I purchased enough high pressure hose that it can reach my pressure tank.  That with an LP on demand heater fired by D batteries assures hot water for a fast shower. And yes, get the largest tank you can afford. That said, a small tank is better than none.
 
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What about a 12V pump that RV's use.
I had one on my house for years.
 
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       Howdy Richard and everyone else,

 
            All good thoughts so far and I'd like to add one more and admittedly the simplest and cheapest yet; perhaps the best one in the right situation.  First,  I am interested the forces and energies available for free and achieved by the virtue of good design. For example, IBC's can be stacked 3 high, this gives a bit more pressure. The conversion is .43psi per foot of height, if you want to figure it out. Additionally, if you have any elevation above you, a cistern or IBC would be placed there gaining more height and therefore more psi. One hundred feet of elevation and there you have it, the standard pressure for water works at least here in the States. I have become particularly fond of properties which have elevation changes as well as changes in aspect; there are real benefits to be found there. One last point, 3 IBC's filled is perhaps 800 gallons of H20, which is heavy, something on the order of 3 tons or so. It would do well to remember to create a good base for them and to ensure they don't tip. Safety is a definite goal.  All the best in finding answers for your project.

      Thomas
 
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I like Thomas's idea for stacking the IBC tanks.

At our other place, we built a stand for the IBC tank that we did not need to use a pump to fill a bucket or use a hose. Here:

https://permies.com/t/140453/Water-Storage-Tower#1101359

Here are a couple of threads from the Similar threads that might offer some suggestions:

https://permies.com/t/51803/transfer-pump-needed

https://permies.com/t/152460/grid-pump-options

Also, we have a trailer with an IBC that we use to water our food plots.  We bought an inexpensive 12-volt pump at harbor frieght that we hook up to a car battery.
 
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