2" well 50' deep

RussellJRussellJ Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭
I bought a small house that has county water. The water tastes like chlorine. There is a small well on the property, the casing is just 2", I dropped a tape down in and it splashed at 40' and hit the bottom at 50'. I don't know anything about the well. How can I get some water out of it to have it tested? If the water is good I'd like to get a couple gallons a day out of it for cooking and drinking. Any suggestions?Attachment not found.

Thanks,
Russell
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  • SlappySlappy Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    Rope and a small can. Put weight below bottom of can so it will sink. Then rope it out.
  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,400 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    There ar a number of small, 12 vdc submersible pumps that re designed for sampling.

    http://www.geotechnical.net/12_volt_pumps.shtml

    You can pump enough to have tests for purity, then you can do a draw down test to see how much water the well can potentially deliver. With only 10' from water level to bottom it may not be too much. That said a tape is a problem to determine the static water level, since you REALLY don't know when it hit the water. Borrow a well probe from either a driller or well guy to find the level before and after pumping.

    A shureflo 9300 submersible would work well (good,) in a well of that size.

    Good luck and keep in touch,

    Tony
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 31,077 admin
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    I have a similar "well" at my home (drilled decades ago by owner--hit a rock and stopped).

    I have been thinking about using an "air lift" pump. Basically a PVC pipe with air line to near bottom of pipe, and connect that to an air-compressor and see what happens.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxy7kVGGoTk (part 1 of 5 series)

    Probably will not work for your well... I think you need to have [a mnimum well depth of] 2x the water level for efficient pumping (20' to water would need 40+' deep well).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • RussellJRussellJ Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    Bill, that's awesome! :-)
  • RussellJRussellJ Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    thanks for the link Tony.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    suction pumps are only good to 20' or so.
    And then there is the old fashioned hand pump:
    https://www.lehmans.com/c-274-water-pumps.aspx

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  • RussellJRussellJ Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    thanks for all the help. Got a Proactive 12 volt pump on the way. Looks like it'll be perfect for my needs.
  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,400 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    Let us know how it works,

    Tony
  • RussellJRussellJ Registered Users Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Re: 2" well 50' deep

    Love the advice from you guys, I always end up with good suggestions. The new pump is perfect. Fits neatly inside the 2" pipe and fills a gallon jug in just under a minute. The pump came with 70 feet of wire, cigar lighter plug and a battery connector. All I needed to add was the 3/8" tubing, $15 at Ace Hardware. Since I only have 10' of water in the well I was worried about getting the pump low enough that it gets into the water but not so deep that it sits in the sediment at the bottom. The Proactive pump can be run dry for quite a while without hurting it so I lowered it down a ways, turned it on, and listened for it to change pitch when it hit the water. I marked the hose at the water level for next time.

    Thanks for the help
    Russell

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