Jon has the right idea, dig a well or resovoir that is capped at the bottom.
We find 4 to eight feet is great.
It takes 1/2 PSi per foot of depth to get the air lift started. After the air is displacing the water, the water is lighter and it takes less air. A 5 psi pump is the strongest we have ever used. 5 psi will inject air in at 10 foot depth.
We use TWO inputs on heights over 20 foot.
Dig the well to say four foot, pump the water to 8 foot, add another air injector.
At the top, you MUST have a air/water separator to get the value of the pump.
If a 1/1/4 inch riser (inside a 2 inch well head) we have reducer, two inch to THREE inch. Extend the three inch pipe up to three feet. Have the 1 1/4 inch riser enter the three inch up above the exit point , such that the water falls down in the three inch and exits out the tee fitting. The three inch just allows air to throw the water to the side, such that it does NOT fall back down the 1 1/4 riser.
Cut the top of the 1 1/4 ich riser and insert two two inchs of flat plastic (cut from a five gallon bucket) such that the water sprays to the side and fall down.
I can pump 24 foot high with 300 gallons per hour with two 150 watt air pumps.
mostly I just use two 60 watt pumps for a 150 gallon per hour flow.
Depends on what you need. Note, I am pumping VERY dirty water that would NEVER clear a mechanical submersible pond pump. And I am using MUCH less electricity.