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    Default Well Pump?

    Got a well, a pump, and electricity......for now.
    Any suggestions on how to access well water without public power, short of a generator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyc View Post
    Got a well, a pump, and electricity......for now.
    Any suggestions on how to access well water without public power, short of a generator?
    A lot depends on the depth of the well and the level of the water in the casing. My first house had a 180 foot well, but the water level in the casing was much higher and a hand pump could have been used to get water out in a pinch. A small battery operated pump and a 50 foot hose would have also been a possibility as long it was set up with a foot valve and primed first. Not enough for much but essentials, like drinking and cooking, maybe a bucket to flush the toilet.
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    Windmill.
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    Break the rules and you get no bones,
    all you get is ridicule, laughter,
    and a trip to the house of pain.

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    A well bucket. PVC pipe with a check valve on the bottom. Fits down your well casing, sinks owing to the check valve allowing inflow, then you hoist back up with a lanyard.

    https://practicalpreppers.com/produc...y-well-bucket/

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    Last "crisis" I purchased a 275 gallon Intermediate Bulk Container for water storage when the power was still on.

    Make sure it's labeled "Food Grade."

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4xycrq View Post
    A well bucket. PVC pipe with a check valve on the bottom. Fits down your well casing, sinks owing to the check valve allowing inflow, then you hoist back up with a lanyard.

    https://practicalpreppers.com/produc...y-well-bucket/
    Now that is something I never considered!

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    With short notice like this I would be scrambling to find some 55 gallon food grade drums and collect rain water by whatever means necessary.
    Unless you have a shallow well (pump in basement not a submersible) that would allow easy hand pumping or collection I don't think there are many viable alternatives at the moment beyond rain water or suitable generator.

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    Wiring the pump to a watchdog battery? I havent watched this yet

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1rrgxM9Nn8

    Well this dude breaks it down but its not cheap and labor intensive. I'll just boil urine.
    Last edited by WoollyPullover; March 21st, 2020 at 01:42 PM.

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