Lake Pump Systems

Lake Pump Systems

Many of our customers are fortunate to have one of the best sources of irrigation water right in their back yard. That source is one of the many lakes, rivers, or ponds we are blessed to have in Wisconsin. DJ’s Lawn Sprinklers has installed hundreds of irrigation systems utilizing lake water throughout Southeast Wisconsin.  Pulling water out of a body of water where you can legally do so can be an excellent alternative to city water or having your own personal well. The main thing you’ll want to make sure is that the water is not contaminated, and second make sure that there are no legal restriction to you using this water source.

When considering a Lake Pump System there are a number of things to take into consideration. First, is the water deep enough. Our general rule of thumb is that we need a depth of at least two feet. Second, is there electrical power at the lake to supply the lake pump. Most of the pumps that we install are 220v. If you do not have 220v power at the lake already it will be necessary to have an electrician get power there. This is the time to think ahead. If you/we are having an electrician install power down to the lake, is there anything else that you would like to have electricity for? Boat lift, deck/outdoor lighting, or an outlet for a pressure washer? Most of the previous items listed use 110v but an electrician can provide both.

Lake Pump Systems

DJ’s Lawn Sprinklers commonly uses three different styles of lake pumping systems. The Sta-Rite Shore Station Centrifugal Lake pump is probably the post commonly used lake pump system in Southeast Wisconsin. There are two reasons for that. One, it is cheapest pump station from a cost standpoint and secondly, it is the simplest to install. Now for the negatives.  The Sta-Rite is also a stand alone pump that usually sits on a concrete pad on the shoreline. If you have ever seen one on someones shoreline you know that it is not the most beautiful lawn ornament in the world.Usually customers will have a “dog house” built over it to conceal it and protect it from the elements.

The second, and most commonly installed by our company is a custom built Sta-Rite Submersible pump. This pump sits entirely under water so there is no unsightly pump station sitting on the shoreline. We often will install this pump under a pier so that it is out of site and out of the way of watercraft. We custom build these pumps for the specific needs of a job site. This pump is most commonly used on a medium to large scale project. This pump is a plug and go pump. There is never a need to prime this pump so you will never have to worry about losing prime. The only negative that we have found with this pump is that the power cord for this pump is in the water. While this does concern some potential customers, we have never had any issues with the waterproof splice kits provided by the distributor. This pump is bulletproof!

Finally is the Watertronics Water Pak. This is without a doubt the top of the line irrigation pump generally used on our large residential or extremely large estate projects. The Watertronics Pump Station is protected with an automatic shut down if overheating occurs. For instance, if a Sta-Rite pump loses prime and the irrigation cycle starts, the controller is going to tell the pump to run. If the pump runs with no water it is simply going to run until it overheats and fails causing it to trip the breaker in the panel. By this time it is too late, the pump is destroyed. The Watertronics Pump Station is protected so that once the pump starts to sense a lack of water or a damaging raise in pump temperature, it automatically shuts the pump down prior to failure. Also, the pump on the Watertronics Station is an Italian made pump with stainless steel components and brass impellers versus the Sta-Rite which is plastic.

So whether you have a large estate on a lake or a small vacation cottage DJ’s Lawn Sprinklers has a solution to any lake property’s lawn irrigation needs. Please contact us today to schedule a free on site consultation.