Pelton turbine generates power when the jet of water strikes the cupped runner along its circumference.
A Powerpal low-head AC turbine like this one can provide up to 1 kilowatt of power. Water rushes down the manmade aqueduct, then drains into a pipe that’s connected to a turbine near the boy in the striped shirt.
author of Microhydro: Clean Power from Water, has decades of experience with microhydro technology. Beside him a stream flows at about 20 gallons per minute — just the right size for a small microhydro system.
A good shelter for your machinery will protect it from the environment.