Extend Shallow Water Pump

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by GAWEBA, May 7, 2005.

  1. GAWEBA

    GAWEBA New Member

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    I have a shallow water pump that is used for irrigation. It is located near the ocean and has recently stopped giving me water (will not hold prime). It has been recommended that I should extend the pump 2-6 feet lower as the well head may be clogged or the lower portion of pipe has deteriorated due to brackish water. Has abyone any suggestions.
    Gerry
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Not holding prime says the foot valve or drop pipe is leaking.

    The other problem, no water... I suggest that the foot valve screen may be plugged or restricted; or the jet inside the wet end of the pump is blocked.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
  3. GAWEBA

    GAWEBA New Member

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    corrective action?

    IS the answer to bring up all the pipe, replace foot valve screen, and resink the well?
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Loose fittings or a leak in the drop pipe is the cause of a loss of prime. Usually you have to pull the drop pipe to find what is leaking and replace the fot valve whe nyou have the drop pipe out, but you don't go drilliing the well deeper etc. before you fix the loss of prime. If after the pump is working right again you still don't get much water or the volume you need, then you'd do the well or find another water source.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
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