Reliability By Design
My job in this course is to help you build the skills and systems to handle four water supply challenges: install a new pump in a new well; fix mechanical breakdown; keep water flowing during electrical grid failure; and eliminate water shortages from a weak well. There are many ways to meet the challenges we’re tackling here and the technical options you’ll find in this course work well together to make your water supply bomb proof. And when it comes to getting lots of water from a weak well, the modifications and adaptations you need to complete use hardware that’s easy to find thanks to the internet. More on this later.
Your first task is to learn to recognize what kind of water well you have, and to recognize the type of wells other people you need to help might have. As with any technical endeavor, you need to start with an understanding of the basics before anything else.
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Wells can be deep or shallow, drilled, dug, bored or driven. Drilled wells are typically small in diameter (4 to 8 inches), more than 25 feet deep and are the only option for accessing water from bedrock.Continue Reading
There are three main kinds of water well pumps in the world: submersible pumps; jet pumps; and piston pumps. Of these three, the piston pump is the most rare.Continue Reading
Got water pump problems at your place? Coming up next you’ll find troubleshooting information for the main types of pump systems, alerting you to the most common sources of trouble and how to identify and fix them.Continue Reading