Getting Water from your Well without Electricity.


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 (  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.

One thing, it is important to remember is that even if your well is over 300 feet deep, the water table may be much higher in the casing.  We have a well in our family that is cased to 200 feet deep but the water level is only about 13 feet deep.  A shallow well pump that is much cheaper, may work in this well.   If you choose to use a shallow well pump, it is possible that under heavy usage the water level could drop.

Tomorrow I will show how to make a bucket with a foot valve in the bottom that you can lower down a well shaft.


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18 Responses to Getting Water from your Well without Electricity.

  1. Kit says:

    Simple Pump has been around for awhile too. Works for a shallow or deep well (down to 350′).

  2. Mindy says:

    Important topic. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

  3. Tom says:

    I bought a Simple Pump about a year ago. My well is 300′, but static water level is at 110′. I also bought a check valve, to plumb the hand pump back into my pressure tank. I am very satisfied with the entire set-up. I’ve tested the system, and can get pressure into the tank up to 35 lbs, or use a faucet just to fill buckets from the other side of the valve.
    My only hiccup was having to hire a well company to partially pull the existing submersible and change out the well cap to accept the Simple Pump.

    • darrell says:

      2 pipe wrenches will do the job make sure each time you connect the wrench that it gets a good bite as not to slip and drop the pipe.

  4. Kit says:

    Tom, it was great to hear about your success with the Simple Pump, despite the hassle about the well cap.

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  6. ronny says:

    my well pump is the old style pump on top of casing with a drop pipe with a foot valve, how would i set up a manuel or hand pump?

  7. Joe says:

    If the pump fails, a well bucket will come in handy. If you dont have the skills to make one, you can get a Waterboy well bucket.

  8. Joe says:

    Forgot to add the link for the Waterboy well bucket.

  9. Joe says:

    Here is a youtube video about a windlass hoist and well bucket.

  10. Amjy says:

    My well is 750 feet deep with a submersible pump at the bottom…with a cap..6″. Guess I am basically out of luck??? No way I could install a windmill in this town, I think…however, maybe I should investigate. Funny in the 70s my Mom wanted to put up a windmill on this property, everyone thought she was crazy! Crazy like a fox…Thanks for any & all info

  11. jb111 says:

    can anyone tell me about the hand pump from ? they had a great sounding product but i can not find them any longer by phone nor on line. There pump had a system that used no gasket that could ware out at the bottom of the well but used the tension from the water instead . I would appreciate any info on what has become of them and am ready to install a hand pump beside my dep well.

  12. Earl in Oklahoma says:

    You might try Survival Unlimited. I purchased their stainless steel hand pump for deep wells and am very satisfied. Lehmans website also has the old fashioned type hand pumps for deep wells. I think they are more expensive than Survival Unlimited.
    Here’s an address:
    Here is Lehman’s site:


  13. Jpw3 says:

    I live on a farm with a well and have three water hydrants. Would I need to convert one to a hand pump to get water if there’s no electricity?

  14. admin says:

    I am not sure what you mean by hydrants, are you talking about outdoor faucets? The hand pump would have to be installed in the well shaft.

  15. Joe, says:

    There is a new and better deep well hand pump so easy to use a grandmother can easily pump 7 gallons of water a minute from a deep well. It is a bit pricy, but so is a solar pump system and a windmill system. What is interesting about his better hand pump is that it pumps more water in a minute than a windmill can. If you need a lot of water on demand, there is nothing can come close to this pumping machine!

    They just don’t tell you how much what it can pump, they show you with many videos. All other hand pumps have to take a back seat to this monster!

  16. Jim Blair says:

    We hooked up a dual stage pump to a bicycle on the farm where I grew up in Canada. We got our mileage in for excercise while watering the livestock!

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