Unusual Parameters and Needs
“I only have a little water in my well. What do you recommend?”
Let’s take just ten feet between your static water level and the bottom of your well as an example. That would be an unusually small amount of water. It leaves a very small buffer of water to pump that would be quickly exhausted if you had a modest recovery rate. (The recovery rate is the speed at which the well refills after pumping.) And it leaves very little safety margin to allow for seasonal variations in water level.
Because there is so little margin of error for this well, it would be prudent to make very sure about the exact water level and depth.
You should also ask the person who drilled your well what the recovery rate is. With a recovery rate significantly higher than 3 GPM (which is the capacity of our of our smaller 100L pump), installing that model in your well would be workable, even with that very small buffer.
If that is not viable, another option is to drill the well deeper, at least a few tens of feet. You can consult with your well copmany on this. It may be a good idea anyway, as water levels have dropped in many parts of the country.
Speaking with the driller, or someone else who understands your well, is critical to answer another question: Does the water level fluctuate significantly throughout the year? If the static water level is (as you say) 90 feet, but at the driest part of the year is 100, then you do not have a viable well at all, unless you drill further down.
“Will the drop pipes install in my pump house?”
e.g. “The drop pipe lengths are 9 feet but the roof to where my well is is shorter than that. Are the pipes flexible enough to bend a little? The roof is about 8 feet.”
No. The drop pipes are not flexible enough. Schedule 80 PVC tubing has thick walls relative to the diameter of the tube. You will need to buy half-length drop pipes or cut a hatch in the roof.
“Can the SimplePUMP be installed on my Buried Tank?”
“I have a 550 gallon tank buried underground, not a well, would I be able to use your pump for this type of installation?”
Yes. You would be able to use our pump for this type of installation.
To make our pump work with an underground tank, it needs to anchor to a (cylindrical) well casing (2, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 inches diameter). Specifically, the pump head is attached to the cap, and the cap is affixed to a casing.
The well casing must be vertical from top (ground level) to tank, terminating at the top of the tank, or within it. The series of lift rods connecting the top (pump head) to the bottom (pump cylinder) would extend into the tank, terminating very near its bottom, and ending with the pump cylinder.
“Can the SimplePUMP be installed on my 7″ diameter casing?”
Water well casings with 7″ INSIDE diameter are very unusual, but they do exist. Here’s what you need to know to make sure the diameter is accurate.
The water well industry standard is to specify diameter using INSIDE DIAMETER (ID). So, in your case, if you have a standard 7″ pipe, the inner diameter (ID, measured from the inside edges of the pipe, viewed in cross section) would be 7″. The outer diameter (OD, measured from outside edges of the pipe, in cross section) would be 7 5/8 (7.625) inches.
If you meant 7″ OUTSIDE diameter, that is 6.25″ INSIDE diameter.
We have well caps for either size.
“Can I use the SimplePUMP with my low yield well?”
With a low yield (low recovery rate) well, you could draw down the water and end up sucking air. Pumping air for any length of time can void our lifetime warranty.
For a well with a low recovery rate but with a tall column of water, the best remedy is to locate the Simple Pump further than usual below the water’s surface.
And if the water does stop flowing, just stop pumping. Wait for your well to fill back up before pumping again.
“I have very little water AND a low recovery rate. Can I use the SimplePUMP?”
Let’s consider a possible example of a 1 gpm recovery rate, with only 5 feet of available water, and a 4″ casing size. At about 2/3 gallon per linear foot, the buffer is around 3.33 gallons.
Even our lower-capacity 100L will quickly exhaust this buffer. Pumping at capacity, you will exhaust the available buffer in just over a minute. Then you’d wait 3-1/3 minutes for the well to fill back up. Then pump for one minute. And so on. Not a great way to get water, but better than no water at all.
For such a marginal well, however, the better option is probably to deepen the well.
“CAN I USE WIND POWER?”
We have been asked a few time about direct mechanical connection from a windmill to a hand pump.
This is physically possible, but is NOT SUPPORTED by Simple Pump Co. There are pumps designed specifically direct connection to a windmill; the Simple Pump is not. Such an installation would void warranty.
We cannot offer a warranty when the Simple Pump is being driven by a very powerful mechanical device of someone else’s construction.
In addition, you have no power when the wind isn’t blowing. Not a great option when you want a secure, reliable water supply.
In Conclusion: The recommended and supported use of a windmill is to generate electricity that charges batteries to then power one of our motors.