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Great Water Solution for Well

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Great Water Solution for Well

Postby Wayne » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:31 am

I live on two acres of land. Water is supplied by a submersible pump in a 100 foot deep drilled well on my property. When the power goes out, I need a solution.

I looked at many different possibilities that included water storage, rain water collection, an on-site hand pump at the well head and even a distillation unit for sea water. The solution I settled on was an Excelsior E2 Hand Pump. Although I have a drilled well, the water level is 10 feet below ground. The Excelsior E-2 has a suction capability of 7M (22 feet).

Basically it works like this. The pump is installed on the wall. A bypass is installed between the supply line and the pressure tank. Another line ties the hand pump into the pressure line. If the power fails, the pump is operated to supply up to 35 psi of water pressure in the pressure tank. At this point, approximately 30 gallons of fresh water is available to any tap in the house.

The pump is capable of pumping 6.5 G.P.M (30 L.P.M.) at 55 double strokes per minute. Five minutes of pumping is sufficient to recharge another 30 gallons of water to the system.

In the case of power failure, all the water that's needed can be delivered without leaving the house. A solution that works well for me, especially considering the harsh weather that Nova Scotia can receive in the winter months.

A more detailed description is found by accessing this video:

https://www.practicalpreppers.com/about ... -hand-pump

The cost of the pump is $450 plus tax and shipping. Including one-way valves, pipe and fittings, the total solution cost around $650.00 Installation took about one hour. The pump comes with instructions for this installation. I hope that some will find this helpful.
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Re: Great Water Solution for Well

Postby CanCricket » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:01 am

What did you happen to find in the way of distillation units for sea water?
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Re: Great Water Solution for Well

Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:01 pm

CanCricket wrote:What did you happen to find in the way of distillation units for sea water?


I looked at various 'Survival Stills' that cost from $300-$400. These are portable units and require quite a bit of time to yield sufficient quantities of drinking water. Larger units with far greater capabilities are available, but the only ones I found required power.

When compared to the near immediate access to unlimited quantities of clean well water with no power needed and accessible with minimal effort, there was in my-mind no comparison. This is especially true when you consider the volume of heat required for the distillation process (use of resources) and the time and labor involved for such a minimal return.
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Postby CanCricket » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:25 pm

That's what I found too, when I looked into survival stills. I'm still trying to decide if it's a worthwhile investment or not, being as they're not cheap. Being in the middle of a city, surrounded by sea water, it would be a good option if the SHTF, but they still require a heat source to operate them and, like you say, they don't yield a huge return considering the outlay of time and energy.
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Re: Great Water Solution for Well

Postby Wayne » Thu May 25, 2017 11:39 am

If I was in a city (without a well and manual water pump), I would definitely consider the purchase of one. You are however blessed with huge forests and an adequate supply of lakes (Strathcona Park for example), so fresh water is available to those who bug-out, Obviously the city presents it's challenges in gaining ample amounts of water and fuel.
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Re: Great Water Solution for Well

Postby term0shad » Thu May 25, 2017 10:17 pm

City if shtf. Hot water tanks. You can drain them dry. As for salt water. I would just build a sun distiller not sure if they would work in winter. Here in alberta. But have used to purifie water from lakes and rivers in summer to drink. Few of them would keep up for 1 person. At least no noise and no power needed. Plus a ton of different ways to do salt water. But most take fuel or power. But simple to build if need be. Funny won't let me add a picture or a basic design.
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Re: Great Water Solution for Well

Postby Clarence » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:05 pm

Unless I missed it in some of the responses, don’t overlook a gas, diesel or propane powered generator. If you are out of water for longer then a 100 lib tank of propane can keep a gen running for only the very essentials, then one better have a plan to leave that area and go elsewhere because your going to be up shit creek without a paddle on many other fronts as well.

Don’t forget eaves troths. It rains or snows in canada just about every third day so lots of water going down those nice pipes. Sanitation or treat for consumption
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