Using an existing well


Postby Tonyphotoplus » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:54 pm

I have a well that used to be used for the house. I have a bore hole that supplies out water now which is much better. It now stays stagnant and I want to put it to good use for watering the garden. Its a cylindrical well with a manhole on top. There is a hole on the top of the concrete about 5" in diameter (I would have to check that out later) I can use to lower something down. The kitchen garden is further up but a pipe from this point is fine. Its not too far from a power point.

How can I get water to be used from this well? What equipment can I get that will be able to turn off and on when using the hose pipe? This is water that is just sitting there and I want to be able to use it for the summer when we get the amount of sun we have had.

Any ideas please?

Tony
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:15 pm

Tonyphotoplus,
Use a submersible sump pump.
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Postby Tonyphotoplus » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:06 pm

stoneyboy wrote:Tonyphotoplus,
Use a submersible sump pump.
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Not sure how they work? Do they allow you to connect a hose pipe? Do I need a connection point/tap? Sorry I am a complete newbie on this area and have no idea on what why and when.

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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:54 pm

Tonyphotoplus,
The sump pump has an electric cable and you will need to attach a hose.
Drop the pump into the well, turn on and water will squirt out of the hose.
You don't say how deep the well is so make sure you get a pump with sufficient head.
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Postby Tonyphotoplus » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:33 am

I have had a look and it looks like an expensive option. I may have to try a submersible dirty water pump. Not sure if that would do the trick as I would only need it twice a week to water the plants for a few months. And, that is only if we get the kind of weather we are getting now. So I am looking for a cheap method. The well is aprox 6-7 foot deep 4ft wide. If I could lower a temp system down it would be great and resolve the problem. But I am not sure (having had nothing to do with these machines) if they can be lowered to that depth. I see them in tool station and screwfix but I cannot assess if that is the right way to go. The sump method is permanent and a lot of money for what it is suppose to do. Having very little money I have to take the cheapest way. I also have no idea on the pressure these machines create? Would they be capable of giving a good 2lb pressure?
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:36 pm

Tonyphotoplus,
The dirty water submersible pump is the type I was suggesting just didn't get the term right.
You will need to get hold of a flow vs head chart for the pump you select, read along the 2m line and it will tell you what pressure and flow you will get.
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Postby Tonyphotoplus » Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:10 am

Thank you for your help
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