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How to pump water manually from an electric well?

I thought with so many brilliant survivalists on this site, there may be an answer to this question. We have an electric pump on our well. Is there a device that can be attached that can be used to pump the well manually if need be? Thanks in advance . . .

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ok, folks.

I am willing to start a thread where I will answer questions such as this. I have been advised to include a disclaimer, but I am not sure I am very worried about that.
I am not a plumber, but this question has to do with lift. there are only two types of pumps, positive displacement and centrifugal.
voltage has to do with electrical pressure, it does not indicate the amount of power available to perform a given task.
my offer is valid for both professionals and laymen alike.
to answer to the question proposed, I would need the amp draw and the actual applied voltage [while it is running] to determine the work performed. it would be better, and smarter to use a back up power supply. depending on the amount and what you want to do with the water.

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same boat here

i'm looking at these folks for some solar techs....

(and others)


Great ideas on here, as always

We've gone the solar route, deep cycle batteries, a small solar cell, and an invertor.

If we have problems, then we're going to start pumping to a holding tank using the solar pump, and then gravity feeding our home..like the good ole days.

If all else fails, we're going to rig a pump to a stationary bicycle and let the kids work..LOL

Well, we stil are in the

'good old days' as we have a spring, up the hill from us - and yep, gravity flow. Many years we didn't use a pump but installed one for additional pressure.

Works great without it. Yep, that's natural SPRING WATER!

I'm sorry, but I think about it every time I get in the bathtub - that beautiful, clear, clean spring water I bathe in is better than what most people drink!

In fact, when I walk around my "country block" of 3.6 miles, I see and hear water running into the ditches that is probably a spring in the pasture or field. Perhaps some people may want to search for that opportunity.

Here is the well bucket

but remember you have to pull your electric pump to get anything out of it with this, or any other way, if you are not using the pump. http://www.wisementrading.com/water/well_bucket.htm


is clever!


What a great idea, ordering one. A simple solution.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut


too...that's great

Very simple ...

Option 1:

pull the pump, it should come out pretty easy. Drop a hose and attach a manual pump to the hose. Put a tank on your roof and fill it up.

Option 2:

Get a reverse motor, hook it up to a bike, this way you can generate electricity by jumping on the bike. Electric water pumps are pretty efficient, depending on the depth of the well you won't need much electricity. Also well pumps usually operate on DC which is quite cheap to manually generate.


Depends on the pump type...

With most modern submersible pumps... alas the answer is "no" -- unless you remove the existing electrical pump.

Which then leads to the need for a backup power source.

Relatively simple if you have a shallow well and a (rare) 115V pump. Most generators can handle this (even portable ones) -- and even solar panels or a small wind generator system could charge batteries that would be enough to power -- through a standard inverter -- an intermittent need 115V well pump on a "blackout" type emergency basis (though the same systems would probably not be sufficient to handle a whole house as an off-grid thing).

A bit more difficult if you have a more common 230V pump. Some portable generators can create the three-phase power needed, but most small solar/wind and inverter systems aren't equipped to do this. You can get them, but for 230V and 3 phase power you step up to a much bigger and more expensive commercial grade inverter.

I've been kind of digging into this myself -- as I am out in the country on a well system, and have wondered -- if the SHTF -- how the heck would I get water? A gas-powered generator with a 230V tap would probably work on a very temporary basis (but if power grid is down then gasoline would probably be hard to come by as well -- so not an ideal solution). And besides, without a very large capacity pressure tank, you'd be starting and stopping that portable generator pretty frequently.

One possible solution would be to go with an LP or Natural Gas powered whole-house "backup generator" -- most commonly the Guardian series from Generac. They are a couple of grand (plus installation & the whole wiring situation) -- but that might be as cheap as a solar/wind/battery/inverter system... especially considering that the backup generator could provide substantially more power (covering the fridge, the stove, and the furnace) and more cost effectively to boot.

The only drawback is that one would be dependant on a supply of LP and/or Natural Gas... and again in a really bad SHTF scenario it is possible those would be unavailable as well.

Still digging into this myself...

Question: Burlington? Is that because of city.. if so... Iowa? Wisconsin? Vermont? or ???

Damn you guys are fast!

Are there any recommendations . . . there seems to be a big price difference between Bison's and Survival Unlimited . ..

it works now


bucket on a rope

I'm only half kidding. It is the "when all else fails" solution, and if SHTF today and you don't have a hand pump!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

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I researched this awhile back. There are several solutions:

Another alternative (if you have a limited budget) is to install a grid-charged deep-cycle battery bank - and run your necessary appliances from it during an outage (furnace, fridge, well-pump). Then as you get the funds add a windmill or PV panels to charge the bank, and remove the grid connect.


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Good question,I would like to know also.

You need a hand pump.

Here's a couple of sites that I've been looking at...

I have been wondering

the same thing.

very helpful article thank

very helpful article thank you so much
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