I live in Northern Michigan and have 5 cows on a small property I own. I have electricity on the property but no running water nor do I have a heated building. Twice a month during the winter, I would like to pump water from a shallow driven well point to fill a 500 gallon cow water trough. The water table is about 12' deep and I would plan to drive down a 2" well point in sandy soil. My objective would be to hook up a portable high pressure Honda gas engine centrifugal pump to the shallow well (like shown in the pic), prime the pump, and fill a 500 gallon water trough. When filled, I would remove the pump from the well point and drain the pump. Since I wouldn't have a check valve on the well point, the water would drop in the pipe back down below the freezing zone and not freeze in the well pipe. My question is: Could I use one of these portable Honda gas engine pumps to draw water from a 2" shallow well point or would I need a different kind of pump? I know it sounds like a lot of work, but doing something like this sounds much more attractive than my current method of pumping water from a frozen pond that's about 150' away from the cow water trough. Any idea's or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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