So that cattle outfit rigged up a big plastic tank to feed their stock waterer, right? And (apparently in lieu of a shut-off valve) they ran a pipe from the top of the tank to that old concrete cistern.
And then – somehow, I still haven’t figured this out, maybe they’re using a small inverter – they wired the well pump to half a dozen solar panels, and as far as I can tell the idea is just to let it run all the time as long as there’s sun.
You’ve got to be kidding.
I’ve introduced myself to the kid they’ve got doing all this work and gave him my number in case he ever had any (ahem) dog issues. Now tonight I called him instead. Sorry to ruin your Sunday evening, but you’ve got a big mess and it’s getting bigger by the minute. I’ve worked around cattle guys before – they’re generally resigned to being on call 24/7.
Given some of the other water-related decisions these guys have made, I’m prepared to believe their system has no full-tank shut-off. And judging from what I saw coming out of the pipe there’s a high-flow pump down in that well. Which is just dumb. They’ve already flooded their whole holding area. The kid told me flat out he isn’t making any of these decisions – whoever is doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.