1. Hand Pumping to Pressurize a Home Water System
An Excellent Emergency Water Supply
This example of a system diagram (left) shows how the Simple Pump easily fits alongside your existing electric pump using the custom well casing adapter. A minimum 4-inch (internal diameter) well casing is needed to accommodate the two pumps. Most residential well casings are more than adequate.
If your well has a pitless adapter, the installation is very easy. Your existing submersible is undisturbed during this easy installation.
If you have a pressurized water line coming out of the well cap, then you will have to support the weight of the pressurized line while installing this pump. In that case we recommend using a professional installer. We can advise you on the best way to go for your particular circumstances.
To increase options, you can also receive water right at the spigot to fill a separate reservoir by adding a simple T with two shut-off valves at the pump outlet. You can fill a reservoir, and then gravity feed your home.
Or you can install an inexpensive 12-volt motor home pump to pressurize your entire home (right). By installing the motor drive option, the entire system is fully automatic.
You can use a standard pressure tank and switch for independent operation, or integrate it into your existing system so it comes on automatically when your utility power fails. We can assist you with any technical questions you may have.
2. Configuration with a Solar Panel
For greater emergency flexibility, add a 200 to 500 gallon poly reservoir, and either gravity feed or pressure pump the water to your home.
A 12v booster pump can pressurize your entire home. An appropriate solar system or wind unit with a small battery can power the 12-volt motor drive using batteries as an intermediary.
This is a sample auto-pump system showing water lines and wiring. When the pressure tank falls to a pee-determined pressure, the switch turns the booster pump on to re-fill the pressure tank.