Hand Water Pumps Back in Style

| 5/1/2014 10:25:00 AM

Tags: hand pumps, off-grid, water pumping, Missouri, Linda Holliday,

Less than 100 years ago, the most important site consideration for communities and homesteaders was whether an abundance of good water was easily accessible. With the introduction of electric power and drilled water wells, close proximity to clean water became irrelevant – or so we thought.

Our complacency regarding water is quickly changing, according to well pump installers I spoke with recently. Many are seeing an upsurge in interest among homeowners to learn about and install hand pumps on their wells. There are now numerous manually-operated water pumps to choose from, depending on considerations such as static water level and yield desired.

Emergency Backup, General Use and High-Volume Hand Pumps 

More frequent storms with longer power outages are one factor prompting rural folks to consider manual pumps, says Albert Brandt, general manager of Radiant Water Company in Tulsa, Okla. A 2007 ice storm that knocked out electric power for two weeks is one example of a disaster that caused many to contemplate their water-preparedness, he said.

“A lot of our customers remember using a hand pump on Grandma’s farm, and now want one as a backup,” Brandt told me when I called to ask about hand pump popularity. Radiant Water Company installs Bison, Hitzer and Baker-Monitor hand pumps.

8/5/2017 8:09:48 PM

Just came across this. The Simple Pump can work, with only moderate pumping effort, to 325' water level. www.simplepump.com. Michael Linehan - Simple Pump Co.

5/11/2014 9:50:14 AM

My well is at a depth of 100 ft., so that makes me wonder if I could even have a hand pump put in. I asked my well guy about a solar pump, but he said that I would have to re-do my existing well, and it would be very expensive. Would love to have a hand pump, though, for emergencies.

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