Client Story: Hermit Pad

(His Simple Pump has been this client’s sole source of water since 2002.)

solar-croppedHello Gary,

This setup has been in since 2002. It is the sole source for the¬†water at my “Hermit Pad” in the mountains east of San Diego.

This remote site would have required a large investment in electric lines to power the well. I started shopping for a small, low capacity pump where I could use a modest solar set up. The recovery rate of the well was tested at only six gallons per minute so I didn’t want to over-pump it. I settled on Simple Pump because it was ‘Right Sized’, used high grade materials and was well thought out.

The well is a six inch casing, three hundred feet deep, static level at thirty feet, recovery rate is 6 gallons per minute. The pump cylinder is at 80 feet.

In the end this project was a fun dinner-table engineering exercise. The pump works about three hours per day most of the year. It pumps to a storage tank about three hundred feet away. The tank serves a small studio apartment. When the tank is full the overflow is gravity fed to a drip irrigation system on an orchard.

This was a good solution for the application. In something like seven years of use, the pump has performed fine.

Best regards,
Jamul, CA