How to hook up hand water pump to well?

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  1. Nel frattempo

    Nel frattempo Well-Known Member

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    How do you hook up a hand pushed water pump to an existing well? Or can you? Or how would I hook up a hand water pump to an existing water reservoir tank that also has a pump in it? Both the well and the spring fed reservoir tank are currently on electricity and both feed into the house (and into separate pressure pumps / and then the spring water is used for outside in gardens and barn and well water for inside house). I want to put the spring fed reservoir on a hand pump for when the power is out. Does anyone know of any online instructions for how to do this? Thank you very much.
     
  2. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    The inexpensive pitcher design pump would need to be installed on the spring reservoir. The installation is rather simple and will require a check valve and enough piping to get inside the reservoir. Don't expect to lift water more than 20 feet vertically.
     

  3. watcher

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    Not much of a problem if you already have a pump on it AND as already stated you aren't trying to lift the water very high.

    Quick answer (assuming the line is buried): All you need to do is cut the pipe and put a T in with a pipe going up then cap the pipe until you need it. You could put a shut off valve on the pipe and leave the pump on but I would store the pump inside until I needed it. (and don't forget to have plenty of spare parts for it.)

    A little longer answer. When you cut the pipe do it between the well and the pressure tank then put a check valve between the T (where the hand pump will be) and the pressure tank. That way when you pump you are not trying to suck water out of the tank. If there is no check valve in the well you'll want to put one on the well side of the T as well.

    Also make sure that the pipe coming out of the ground is the correct size for the pump, if you need to change sizes do it at the T not the pump. I'd use galvanized pipe (PVC tends to break just when you need it most) and you want to make sure it is well supported!
     
  4. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians Well-Known Member

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    Ours well is a submersable pump so it's a 3 inch casing, plenty of room to scootch it over and put down a 1 inch PVC. This pipe goes into the well casing and overhead up onto a 10 foot platform over the well that the pump aparatus, not a small pitcher pump but a long handled pumpis mouted to. Plus being 10 feet in the air and a hose bib on the pump, with gravity help, I can eaisly attach hoses and not only have water int he house via any window :) for flushing etc... but also running water when we don't have electricty to water the stock. Vicki
     
  5. ahahahni1

    ahahahni1 Mama MacDonald

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    OKay not to steal the thread but you got me hoping here we can do this with ours. We have 35ft handdug well with approx 30ft to water top depending on water level. Is it possible to add a hand pump to access water and still have our submergable pump too?
     
  6. rambler

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    Yes, but pumps do not suck water very well at all. For more than 15-20 feet (theoretically 28 feet, but that's not realistic) you need a type of pump with the piston at the bottom, with a rod up the middle of the pipe to the surface.

    Very doable tho.

    --->Paul
     
  7. ahahahni1

    ahahahni1 Mama MacDonald

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    Can you give me a link to an example? I have no clue what you are talking about. We loose power to our pump often. Long story but landlord won't replace it, but DOES get it rigged up to work again even if temporary. This last time we were almost desperate enough to have hubby get water out of well with a bucket but rather not loose hubby down the well. :)
     
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