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Getting water from a well with no electricity

Discussion in 'Farming, Gardening, & Homesteading' started by Atlas, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    If you had to get water out of your well and you didn't have any electricity, how would you do it?



    A rope and a home made bucket seems logical. Is there any other way?
     
  2. twp

    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    This one (of many ) hand operated water pumps.

    What's The Best Hand Pump For An Existing (Deep) Well?

    There are other makes/models which work on shallow or deep wells and can be installed next to existing pumps on the well-head.

    Lots of commercial sources; search "hand well pump".
     
  3. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    The Bison pumps are awesome. I'm definitely going to look into that some more.
     
  4. lonewolf

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    when wife was a child and living with her family in an off grid rural cottage they use a hand operated pump to pump the water up into a header tank, it took 100 strokes to fill the tank.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Hand pumps and buckets seem like they are going to be a LOT of work. The day I can't run the electric pump any more the hygene is going to get a lot worse.
     
  6. lonewolf

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    when I lived off grid back along it was buckets in the river.
     
  7. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    You were lucky to have a river, and lucky there wasn't 100's of people upstream.
     
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    the river formed part of the property, in fact there was 2 rivers, 1 each side but only one was drinkable.
    low population, small family farms, no chemical run off back then.
     
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    I think there is an argument here for an Archimedes screw, for a shallow well or to move water up from a river. There is also a wind pump.


     
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  10. twp

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    The question will be: is it easier to: 1) operate the pump handle, 2) carry buckets of water from the river or 3) just jump in and air dry when you walk back home. Pick a suitable rock as your laundry.

    Weather will have a strong vote in the above choices. I've done all three methods too. I agree that hygiene rules are greatly relaxed/ignored. Frankly, there were times when I really stunk.

    Re drinking from the river... I don't know who is also bathing and doing their laundry upstream from me, so I'll drink from the well water. If I have the means, I would sterilize the river water, by boiling if nothing else is available.
     
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