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I use a pump to get water from a river also, I found that the smaller cone shaped filter screen worked best. anything that could get thru it would pass thru any valves without clogging them up.
The screen size on the northern strainer is still too big. From the scouring on the impeller, its thye smaller stuff doing the damage. A moyno pump is the only way to go but its been some time since I priced one.
Cover your screen with a cloth bag. We used to use sugar sacks.
Now I wonder why it won't pump? ;)
Looks to me like a section of PVC pipe with a series of 1/4" holes drilled in it and covered with some small mesh screen wire would work well too...
You could also do essentially the same with pvc pipe and a series of hacksaw cuts all around it. Similar to what they do for a shallow depth well screen. Maybe pack the inside with a non-ferrous material to 'strain' or screen the incoming water.
I've seen old panty hose or burlap sacks tied around strainers. The sand or small gravel will destroy a fire pump.
That's a lot of debris. I hope you were able to get the pump up and running o.k. Without much vegetation to hold the soil in place, the running water in your area carries with it a lot of silt and pebbles with it. Glad you finally got some rain, though. Hope you get some more soon.
Try floating your suction hose end off the bottom with maybe a bleach bottle or two or three. As well as screens.
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