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Old 05-05-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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I bought a house about 2 years ago. There's a old well on the place i would like to get up and running but I'm not sure what i need. There's no pump but it has what looks like a 4 inch casing with a 2 inch galvanized pipe inside that and a 1 1/4 galvanized pipe inside it. I pulled the middle pipe and it went about 40 feet down and had what i thing is a foot valve on the bottom. What i don't know is what kind of pump do i need?
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I prefer a submerged pump in conjunction with a pitless adapter system.

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Sounds like a double drop jet pump may have been installed some time in the past
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Ayuh,.... Yank out the galvanized pipes, get a submersable pump, 'n black poly pipe to hang it on,...
You'll also need torque-arresters, 'n a pithless connector for the top where the water line comes out the side of the well casin', below frost level,.....
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First have water tested. Check water level. Water could be contaminated or well may have collapsed.
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Thanks for all the replies. We worked on it a little more since my post. The 4 inch pipe only goes down about 15 feet. The 2 inch pipe is the casing. The well bottoms out at 43 feet and the water starts at 30 ft. I'm only wanting to use this well for irrigation at this time. Thanks for any help!
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Sounds like a "packer jet" system.

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It is a good point to have the well tested for quality and usable flow before you put a lot of time and treasure into it. The well might have been abandoned for a reason.

You say that you intend to use it for irrigation "at this time". Great supplement for you lawn and garden but any thoughts of using it for household potable water will likely have considerations related to health department, mortgage, zoning, etc.
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Also good idea to find out from you public water supplier about back flow requirements if you make this well operational. My local supplier would require a testable back flow by the meter. To prevent any contamination to others on the public system. They should be fine with you and your house drinking it. :}

P.S. It doesn't matter if you connect it into your water or not here.
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I personally wouldn't put a well in service that had not been tested to be safe for human consumption. The temptation is just too great to take a drink on a hot summer day do do otherwise.
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