74, etc…

I was being tongue in cheek when I said the Romans made water flow up a hill… but, they did use syphons to move water up hills – so long as the other end was lower than the water’s start point, it would work. Same as a person syphoning gas out of a car.

The other thing they did was to have a water wheel turn a series of pumps and/or bucket system to transfer the water mechanically up a hill to a reservoir where it could be used to power other equipment or supply water to people via aqueducts..

However, small scale, it could be done – just a matter of how much effort one wants to put into it. River turns an undershot water wheel, which drives a mechanical pump. Pump fills reservoir higher up. Reservoir dumps water on a pitch back wheel, which powers whatever you want it to do. Water flows back into river. You’re not limited to one wheel, either. If space permits, water could power a series of pitch back wheels going down a hill – again, the Romans thought this up long ago. They actually diverted a stream to power a series of wheels down an entire hillside to grind grain… the amount of flour they turned out was staggering for the time… about 4 1/2 tons a day.

Wouldn’t take a whole lot to make a walking beam type dual cylinder pump…. drive it off a cam hooked to the first water wheel to fill the reservoir…

Just an interesting thought experiment…

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