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Installing the hand well pump
MacKenzie and I live in the county a short ways outside of town. We have two irrigation ditches running through our property, and there is a small river about a mile away. In a short-term emergency we could get water from the river, but that's a lot of effort every day that could be put to better use, and we can't rely on the irrigation ditches to always be flowing. To be truly self sufficient, we needed a better option.
The obvious answer was a hand well pump, so we started researching our options. Like any other item, the hand pump market has its gimmicks and some decent products. We settled on the Simple Pump for its long operating life, ease of pumping, and its unique ability to pressurize our home's plumbing system (using our existing taps, showers, etc. sounded a lot nicer than making due with buckets). This pump installs along side our existing submersible pump, so we can use the electric pump or our hand pump as needed.
I called the county to get a copy of the well driller's report. This report has all the details about the well needed when ordering the pump. We placed our order, and a few days later FedEx dropped off a box and a 9 foot tube.
Simple Pump advertises that install takes about 2 hours, but I doubted that, so I set aside the whole morning for the project. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and they even have a YouTube video of an install you can watch if needed.
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