MY 2 CENTS: I own a duck club, so I have some water experience.
1. If possible, but it requires a source of water with in say 600 yards, that you are allowed to pump from, I did this one year with the help of a farmer, in exchange for a free blind. They rent, agricultural diesel pumps, that come in various sizes. Place pump that is on a trailer, next to water source and run ag. pipe, commonly used with the pump, to the pond or anywhere that it will eventually flow into the pond.
You need to get an estimate, or a farmer who is cool enough to let you borrow his equipement. They have everything you need, and renting all the stuff probably is not worth it. Could cost from 2,000-3,000 without the gas, could be less depending on how much pipe you need, and the size of pump you go with.
2. Long term is to put and agricultural well in, the estimate I got at my place was about 30,000 to go 300ft. with a 10-12 inch pipe. Very expensive, but it does increase the value of the property.
With either of these 2 solutions, since you are doing 3 ponds that are not connected, you would have to dig a ditch, or use a dry creek bed, that would allow you to fill all three, unless they feed each other. Because money is always an issue, I would pick the best pond and go with that one.
3. Pray for rain. :salude:
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on Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:47 am, edited 2 times in total.