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post #1 of 4 Old 05-20-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Getting water lines to the pasturse?

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new property. I will be rehabbing the barn and doing a lot of other work to the property. My question here is, what are some methods to get water out to the pasture? I will breaking the field which is roughly 500'x200' into 3 different paddocks. I want to be able to fill the water buckets without trudging gallons down the field everyday. As you can see by the picture all 3 paddocks will be down hill.
I am thinking of different methods of plumbing that may work for me.
Is a frost free hydrant my only option? For example, could I have a water drum at the top of the hill by the barn and just fill the buckets by gravity? I live in the CT. so freezing would potentially be a problem.

I'm just thinking out loud here but what about this? The aforementioned water drum at the top of the hill. It would have a shut off valve on it. I could go into the field & drain the old water. Go back to the water drum and turn the valve to fill all 3 buckets at the same time.
W/ the cost of 3 hydrants coming in at around $500 I just want to weigh my options and see if anyone hopefully has any better ideas.

Let me know what you think please.
Thanks, Mike

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-22-2010, 11:41 AM
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To me, the idea of a water drum in summer sounds alright, but the freezing in winter would make it out of the question - at least in my area, everything freezes. Last winter my "frost free" hydrant froze as well and I was hauling buckets out of my shower in the house. That's on the agenda for this year, is putting out the money to have water lines installed in the barn. It's expensive, but it only took one winter of hauling buckets to be certain it was worth the money!

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Where is your hydrant? Not in the barn I take it? The only one we have on the property is in the barn. The idea of hauling buckets around 500' daily does not sound like a lot fun to me either.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-22-2010, 01:27 PM
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Like you, I have only one exterior hydrant on the whole property - it's midway between the house and the barn. It's only about 25' from where I placed my water tank, but about 200' from the back of the barn where the stalls are. It's a blessing to have a hydrant in the barn - count yourself lucky! Although hauling water to fill tanks in the pastures is no fun either - darn these old properties without multiple hydrants! *lol*

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