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Recently I have run across several people who are concerned about how to get water out of their water well in an emergency. Without electricity, most of today’s water wells would become useless. But remember people had functioning wells prior to electricity.
Old-fashioned hand operated water pumps can still be purchased and are quite effective on wells less than 200 feet deep. Some brands say that theirs will work to 300 feet in an emergency, but that the number of strokes required is less than desirable.
If the water level in your well is over 300 feet, solar powered pumps will go as deep as 800 feet and wind powered pumps will go down to 1500 feet. …Read More...
For many of us having a good water source will be one of our most important assets. Depending on where you live, a good well can provide all the clean water that you need. Unfortunately, for many of us, the water table has dropped and wells can be deeper than a good hand pump can reach. Recently I received the following question from a reader, “Our well is 600 feet deep. Do you have any suggestions as to how to access water from that depth in the event of a power outage? We are looking at installing an appropriate sized generator but the generator is only as useful as the amount of fuel available”.…Read More...
This was posted about three years ago, but I feel the subject is important enough to re-post for the benefit of our newer readers.. When the grid fails many of us will have trouble getting water from our wells. Here is a simple method of making a well bucket for getting water out of a deep well without electricity. It is one that almost anyone can build, is inexpensive and parts are easy to get.
The parts list required to make a well bucket
- One 18 to 24 inch section of two inch PVC
- One 2 inch to 11/4 reducer
- One cut down rubber flapper from toilet tank
- Six inches of wire or three one-inch screws
Here is a diagram on how to build it.… Read More...
The grid has just failed for one of many reasons, running from earthquakes to economic collapse. You are without power and don’t know when it will come back on, but it appears that it will be at least several days. So one of the first things you need to think about is protecting and using the water you have on hand.
If you have any warning, fill your bathtub and other containers. Then shut your water off at the street if you are on a municipal water system. This will protect the water in your piping and water heater from becoming contaminated from outside sources. …Read More...
While looking through a book from the early 1900’s I found this article on a dog-powered well pump. Having read about the many uses of work dogs in the past, I believe this would work. Now unfortunately they don’t show a lot of details, but I am sure with a bit of work this could be connected to almost any hand or wind operated well pump.
DOG POWER FOR PUMP
This sketch shows an arrangement for making use of the dog for carrying water. It simply consists of a wheel 8 feet in diameter and 18 inches wide, with room enough inside for the dog to walk around, where he acts as a tread power, which causes the pump to revolve
In southern California there are a number of these dog-power pumps, which cost less than $15.…Read More...
This is a rerun of an old post. The reason is that one of our readers has made an improvement to the design. It is shown at the bottom. A simple method for getting water out of a deep well without electricity is shown below.
Attach a rope to the PVC pipe and lower the bucket down the 4 to 6 inch well shaft, and let it sink into the water. The rubber flapper will act like a foot valve and rise up against the wires when it hits the water. This will allow the water to enter the pipe. …Read More...
When you plan water storage, your first consideration should be how much do I need. For just minimum survival, you need to plan on one gallon a day per person. Today you are using in the neighborhood of 180 gallons a day, per person.
What kind of water sources would you have available if the water system in your area failed completely? Do you know where all the water sources in your area are? …Read More...
A simple method for getting water out of a deep well without electricity is shown below.
Attach a rope to the PVC pipe and lower the bucket down the 4 to 6 inch well shaft, and let it sink into the water. The rubber flapper will act like a foot valve and rise up against the wires when it hits the water. This will allow the water to enter the pipe. When you start to pull it up, the weight of the water will push the rubber flapper down against the reducer and seal the bottom of the bucket.
In the last few days I have received requests for information on deep well pumps. There are internet suppliers that sell hand pumps for deep wells. A search under “deep well hand pumps” will show several. Lehmans (http://www.lehmans.com/) a highly reputable company sells hand pumps that are good to 175 – 200 feet. Some brands say that theirs will work to 300 feet in an emergency, but that the number of strokes required is less than desirable. If the water level in your well is over 300 feet, I have not found a good method of retrieving water other than a windpump (windmill) they are still available on the internet.…Read More...