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Question DetailsAsked on 3/10/2016

how to fix water well that has no pump

water well has the tubing but no pump to pump out water

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I would check first with local planning and zoning department, or water district if there is one in your area, to find out if you need a permit for the well and if it had one origiinally - that may be why the pump was pulled. Or may have been in an aquifer that is not permitted for drinking water use, too close to an adjacent septic system or another well, came up contaminated in a water quality test, etc so had its permit pulled.

I would also get it checked first for contamination - basic drinking water standard test for about $200-300 typically to check for chemical, pesticide, fertilizer, sewage contamination - plus any specific issues in your area like high arsenic or lead or such. You can get this done by a local water test lab, or by the pump and well contractor before thinking about getting the well rehabbed - but you probably want to be testing "clean" water, not just what is in the well, because if it fails you will not know if that is because the water supply is bad, or just because the stagnant water in the well is substandard but might be OK after disinfection and pumping out to get it to fresh water.

Then, once you know the water quality is acceptable for the intended use (which for irrigation might not have to meet drinking water standards but should not have fecal colliform - sewage or animal waste product indicator - in it), the pump and well contractor (might get several bids for this) can check if you have suitable plumbing and electric for it, etc. or what is needed, check out the well and size a pump for it based on its production capacity, clean the well out and treat it as necessary if invaded by algae or iron bloom or such, disinfect it and the plumbing from it, and install and get pump operating.

I would not assume that any existing equipment is suitable without inspection - and some you will not know about till the well is test pumped. Personally, I would not get a pump installed until the rest of the equipment in the pumphouse is tested and amount of repairs needed determined and the well passes for water capacity and quality. Commonly, for about $500-800 plus the water quality test, you can get a well contractor to come in with one of his high-capacity pumps, pump out the stagnant water in the well to get to "fresh" water to see what its quality is and take sample, and test the treatment and distribution system to see just what will need replacement BEFORE investing typically at least a couple thousand $ (substantially more in deeper wells - say over about 50-100 feet) in a full well swabbing or acid treatment and disinfection and a new pump. Those can wait till you have tested the well and system and seen if it is going to produce a water quality and quantity to justify putting it back into production.

Of course, any input from the previous owner on WHY the well is out of service and the pump pulled should be your first data collection attempt.

And of course the urgency and the amount you are willing to pay to get this back in service is largely dependent on whether this is your primary water source, or just an irrigation well, or perhaps an older primary source well that was taken out of service because the house was connected to a public water supply.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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