In February, I did a blog about a solar pump we had bought for the pond.
In order to install the pump correctly, we had to empty the pond, which we have now done (and the orchard thanks us!). So, before going on vacation, Abe and a friend dug a hole to the side of the pond.
They put a 4" PVC pipe from inside the hole to up on top of the pond, near the solar panels. The end of this pipe is covered with feed sacks, to keep solid material away from the pump. The hole is then filled with rocks and gravel. Once the casing was all in place and secured in a couple of spots, they slid the pump into it.
We will now be able to pump water once the pond starts to fill up, and can pull the pump whenever we need to check on it.
For more photos, check out the flickr set.