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Well pump question
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Greg F.    Posted 06-11-2003 at 11:40:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We need some help with a well pump. In the past my father-in-law has been using a H.P. jet pump to get water from his well for watering his small lawn and garden. This year the pump failed and needs replaced. We are thinking of putting in a submersible in hopes of getting enough water to run two sprinkler heads that the old one would never do but we do not know where to start. We went to Home Depot and they had several to choose from but soon found out that they have no idea what it takes to do a complete system either. The well is 120 feet deep and you can get water at about30 feet. We would like to go as deep as we can in case the well drops over the summer.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Greg F.


Salmoneye    Posted 06-11-2003 at 12:55:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
A 110-volt submersible is good to 300 foot...Deeper than that and you will need a 220-volt pump...With a static level of only 30 feet in a 6 inch pipe you have appx:

120 - 30 = 90, 90 x 1.5 gallons/foot = 135 gallons of storage...If you keep the pump 10 foot off the bottom subtract 15 gallons for a total of 120 gallons in that well...

That submersible will pump that well dry in a couple-three minutes at full bore...

You better have a serious recovery flow in that well...

What is the GPM?...I have a 6 inch well drilled 620 feet with the pump at 600 and the static level at 180...This gives me around 630 gallons of storage in the well...I only get 1/2 gallon per minute recovery, so I have to watch carefully after the first 600 gallons of pumping...


Greg F.    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:21:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The recovery seems to be good. He cant remember what the rate was when it was put in. I have seen him run the old jet pump for hours on end and not run out of water. I am not sure what the gallons per minute were on the old pump. He only ran one sprinkler on the end of a hose. The well is not used for anything else. The pump we are looking at should make 12 gallons per minute at the depth we are looking at.Do you think we should just go back with another jet pump? He is getting up there in years and I thaught that if he could run two sprinkler heads at a time it would save him from dragging hoses as often.

Thanks.

Greg F.


Salmoneye    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:47:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it were me...And it aint...I would go with the cheapest submersible I could get if all I was running was two sprinklers on garden hoses...

You will be fine I am betting...


Greg F.    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks,

Greg F.


Greg F.    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]


Greg F.    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:22:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good info.

Thanks,

Greg F.


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