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Emergency Water

Postby redlevel » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:27 pm

Being dependent on well water, what to do in case of a prolonged electrical outage is always a concern. I don't have a pond or a stream on my property. I could pump water from a nearby creek into a tank on my pickup, but access is a problem.

I have a salt-water pool in my yard, and it suddenly occurred to me that it could possibly suffice in a pinch. The pool water is about 3000 ppm salt. I believe I once read that cattle can tolerate salt levels up to 5000 ppm.

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Re: Emergency Water

Postby callmefence » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:59 pm

Well in a prolonged electric shortage I'd start the generator.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby M.Magis » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm

Can't imagine the chlorine would be good for them unless you let it set and dissipate. But that would take quite a while.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby boondocks » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:24 pm

How many cattle you got? Worth digging a pond?
We have 2 natural springs, for which we are very grateful, although the volume does vary and the pressure to get it up an incline is sometimes not there
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby Supa Dexta » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:36 pm

Water totes and a gas pump. A full cube is over 2000 lbs though, so be prepared for that. 1 seems to do about 25 pair a day. I have a wagon setup with 4 on it that I tow to fields without water when I rotate thru, Sometimes fill it a couple times a day, depending on animals I have there at the time.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby ALACOWMAN » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:59 pm

Pawn shops are covered up with generators,Craig's list..etc
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby kenny thomas » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:04 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:Pawn shops are covered up with generators,Craig's list..etc

I bet the generators are scarce across the south. They are stealing them here in south TX.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby ALACOWMAN » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:37 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
ALACOWMAN wrote:Pawn shops are covered up with generators,Craig's list..etc

I bet the generators are scarce across the south. They are stealing them here in south TX.

Looking at their user name, probably, red level right next to the Florida line...
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby Workinonit Farm » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:41 pm

redlevel wrote:Being dependent on well water, what to do in case of a prolonged electrical outage is always a concern. I don't have a pond or a stream on my property. I could pump water from a nearby creek into a tank on my pickup, but access is a problem.

I have a salt-water pool in my yard, and it suddenly occurred to me that it could possibly suffice in a pinch. The pool water is about 3000 ppm salt. I believe I once read that cattle can tolerate salt levels up to 5000 ppm.

Thoughts?


I don't know that I'd be inclined to offer salt water, for the cows to drink.

I would be more inclined to be sure I have a generator set-up, specifically for watering the cattle. If not possible, then pumping from another source and hauling it to them.

We have a creek that runs through the place, a small pond/puddle-pond on 'the hill' pasture, 3 small rain barrels, as well as an area with a hydrant/well-pumped water.

Just my :2cents:
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby M.Magis » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:30 pm

The salt level is very low, but its still chorinated like other pools.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby dun » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:36 pm

callmefence wrote:Well in a prolonged electric shortage I'd start the generator.

Yup, that's my solution too
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby TexasBred » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:25 pm

I have one pasture where the only source of water if from rural water system. Very heavily chlorinated. Never had any problems.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby dun » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:30 pm

Concerning chlorine, the folks in this area that are on private wells frequently have problems with livestock that haul to fairs. They won;t drink the stuff for the first day or 2 then when they do start they have the squirts when the get back home.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby Workinonit Farm » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:13 pm

TexasBred wrote:I have one pasture where the only source of water if from rural water system. Very heavily chlorinated. Never had any problems.


Yes, but I imagine the level of chlorine is not what it would be if it were from a swimming pool.

The pools that I have been in, both public and private, have had more chlorine in the water than any public water source.
But, that could just be what it is like where I am. Maybe things are different where you are.
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Re: Emergency Water

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:55 pm

callmefence wrote:Well in a prolonged electric shortage I'd start the generator.


Dang right. The icemaker quits when the power goes out, and we can't have that.
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