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Diagram of Pump  

 
Priming the Pump   To prime the pump, pour a few cups of water into the top of the pump. Begin pumping until you feel resistance in the pump handle. This tells you that water is coming up from the spring reservoir.
 
Once the pump has water in it, it should hold it prime for an hour or so. Reprime, as needed.
 
Be sure to refill the jug of water so that you will have water the next time you need to prime the pump. If you forget, you can always fill the jug from the creek.
 
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