Shallow Well

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Mad Plumber, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Mad Plumber

    Mad Plumber Mad Skills

    Aug 13, 2005
    I installed the well forty years ago and it has worked well until the last of 2010. The pump is a Sears 390-4100 model.
    Now it will pump a reasonable flow for awhile then change to a dribble. Is this a problem that could be in the pump? Or is the likely reason water supply is drying up? I have back flushed it several times and the water goes right through it.
    I wouldn't mind replacing the thing if I knew I still had water.
    BTW, the pipes go down about fifty ft or lower. The pipe is 1 1/4".
    Thanks for your help in advance.

  2. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Consult and Teach Well Drilling Internationally
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Most driven wells last from 20 to 40 years. It could be a hole in the suction pipe below the water line but I doubt it. It's not the pump.
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