setting up a reservoir tank for low producing well

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by jdieter, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. jdieter

    jdieter New Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Type of pump?
    Two wire (no control)________
    Three wire (control box)_Gould Pump Protector_____
    Wire Size____#10_____ Wire Length__175'______
    Jet Pump (above ground)_________
    One or two pipes down the well____

    Size of Pump?
    Motor Horsepower?__________
    Pump Model #______________
    Date Pump Installed____1994______

    Pumping from?
    Cistern tank___________
    Pond, lake, river________
    Water Well___yes_________
    Depth of well___60'_______
    Depth to water_45'________
    Pump Setting_0n 25psi off 40psi_________
    Pipe Size_________"
    Drop Pipe Material

    Well Recovery Rate__1-2_____gpm
    Well Casing Diameter___4____â€
    Rock Well__________ Sand Well______yes and if I don't change the whole filter every 3-4 months the filter housing is packed solid with sand____ Other______________
    Date Well Drilled____________

    Well Casing Material
    PVC____yes____ Steel_________ Other_________

    Pressure Tank?
    Bladder or diaphragm tank (one pipe to tank)___bladder_______
    Size or model of tank_____80 gallon_______
    Air charge in top of tank, with pump off and water drained__20__________PSI
    (check with car tire gauge)
    Plain Hydro Pneumatic tank (two pipes to tank, one in and one out)_________
    Size of tank________________

    Pressure Switch Setting?
    On 30, off 50 ________
    On 40, off 60_________
    Other____on 25 off 40___________

    Pump Control Method?
    Cycle Stop Valve model #_________
    Variable speed control #__________
    Pump Start Relay (sprinkler timer, no tank)__________
    Manually turned on and off____________

    Pump Protection
    Cycle Sensor_________
    Low pressure cutoff switch (lever on side)__________
    Other____Gould unit detects low current providing a timed shutdown for well to recover___________

    Filters or Softeners___yes both___________
    Before or after pressure tank_after______
    Type of filter____whole house_______________
    Bypass available______no__________

    Water Used For?
    House Use___yes____ Number of baths___2____ Number of People__2______
    High Flow Showers_______gpm?
    Irrigation with timers________
    Irrigation with hoses________
    Heat Pump______gpm?

    Problems Experienced
    No Water_________________
    Water only part time________
    Water at all times but weak_____
    Air in water_______________
    Pressure surging___________
    Water Hammer (noise)______
    Too Much pressure_________
    Other___can run well dry if water left on for 1/2 hour_________________

    Pump makes clicking or buzzing sounds________
    No Sounds______________
    Pressure gauge reading________psi

    Do you have, and know how to use
    an Ampmeter and Voltmeter_____yes_____________

    Describe Problem _I'm considering adding a reservoir tank and a booster pump to help with the low producing well. My well contractor tried blowing the well to increase flow during last years drought with no success, there wasn't enough standing head in the well to accomplish anything and advised me to add a reservoir tank. I'll use a 300 gallon and a dole valve with the original pump protect and a float switch, the a shallow well Gould and check valve to the pressure tank. My well is 175' from the house and up a hill. I'd estimate there is 30' of fall from the top of the casing to the pressure tank. I recently disconnected the pressure tank and had to shut off the submersible discharge line to stop the flow. I don't know if this was simply the downhill portion of the line draining and/or I was siphoning from the well. So my questions are any advice on my reservoir setup and would it be possible to siphon the well in my situation. I have to move the pressure tank back in the house after the flooring contractor finished his work and the next time I take apart the discharge line I'll let it run longer, the first move was maybe 3-4 minutes before I shut it off. If it is a siphon then only answer I have is a solenoid valve which I really don't want with the sand issue I have._________________________.....
  2. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
    It is possible that the well will siphon downhill to the storage tank. But you will need the pump to get it started the first time. I also doubt that the solenoid that fills the storage tank will have enough pressure to close from just 30’ of gravity.

    Also if you have sand, use a scrubber type solenoid valve.
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  4. jdieter

    jdieter New Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    I'm not familiar with a scrubber valve so a quick search and I found them in irrigation applications. Would irrigation valve be ok for drinking water? it sounds like I need a direct acting valve versus a piloted style also. Can you direct me to a source for the correct valve for my application?
  5. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
  6. jdieter

    jdieter New Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Thanks on the valve link. I'm concerned about hard plumbing between the pump inlet and the plastic reservoir tank stressing the bulkhead fitting from the pump starting torque. I'll mount the pump on a concrete pedestal, probably a section of flue block filled with concrete which should help, but should I use a flexible line and if so what is a good style?
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