I’m SO frustrated. After countless hours of reading, searching, and talking with professionals, it seems that putting a hand pump on our well is a much larger and more expensive project than we had anticipated!
Why??!!! Why can’t it just be easy??
All I want is to be able to get access to our water without the use of gas or electricity. Every installer I’ve spoken with has the same answer, “Just get a generator.” They obviously don’t understand. If things get crazy, and we can’t get gas for our generator, what good will it be?
I just got off the phone with the local well company. You wanna know how much they’d charge me to come out and put a hand pump on our current well? Oh, about $5000! Yeah. They really don’t like putting a hand pump on an existing electric pump well. Okay, well how much do you charge to dig a new well just for the hand pump? Oh, about $3800, and then another $2800 for the pump to be installed. Oh, is that all? Good grief.
Lots of people have hand pumps on their well. Surely it didn’t cost them an arm and a leg to do it!
What do we do? I need a practical option. We don’t have room for a wind turbine. Solar? I’ve had no luck trying to find a system that would work for us. Hydro? We do have a few small creeks on the property, but they are all a little ways from the house, and downhill at that. Ugh!!!
I wish I knew somebody who knew how to do this kinda stuff. There has to be another option. Our well is 300′ deep, but the static water level is 65′, so it’s considered a deep well. What can we do without breaking the bank?
UPDATE (2014): We finally saved up enough money to buy a Simple Pump hand pump for our well. It actually wasn’t quite as expensive as we initially thought it would be. Definitely worth the investment. You can read a little more about our setup here.