Pumping your own water from a well on your property is a rite of passage for any farmer, but it's also a way to reduce reliance on regulated, often costly water that could cut into your farming profits. As you divvy up your land and decide on where you need to place everything, consider a few well water placement and distribution concepts that can reduce your time spent dealing with water and give more time to tackle the rest of your farm's challenges.
Step Away From The Manual Pump
Manual pumps, also known as hand pumps, can be hard work on especially dry days. It's a good workout and helps keep the arm strong, but if you're farming for a profit or sustenance of your family and trying to make as much progress as possible, you'll want something a little more automated.
Whether you dig your own well or hire a well drilling service to do a deeper, cleaner job, you'll have a few options when it comes to pumps. You could either have a few feet of well pipe sticking out of the ground to access at eye-level, or you could mount the pump at ground level. Electric pumps are available, as are fuel pumps that use gasoline or kerosene. It's fine to have multiple options, but make your main water source the most efficient.
Electric Pumps Are Convenient, But Require Extra Services
For many farmers, getting an electric pump with a small solar panel may be the best bet. Until you start pumping industrial quantities of water, the energy bill shouldn't be too expensive for operating a basic electric pump. A solar panel with a large battery can cut those costs even further, and since you're not investing in an entire rooftop of solar panels, recouping the costs can be faster.
Priming electric pumps is faster than priming manual pumps. Instead of having to pour water down the pump with one hand and push the pump's level with the other, you can simply pour water as the pump operates on its own. You'll also get a more consistent water flow, as the water won't stall or begin to sink into the ground again.
Fuel Pumps As A Backup
Fuel pumps can do the same job as an electric pump, but you'll be at the mercy of fuel prices. In addition to having to pay for and fill a fuel container, you may have to deal with accidental spills.
Small spills aren't much of a problem as you're filling the pump, but any amount of contamination is best avoided. Compared to an electric bill, you may lose a lot of your fuel through spills as well as evaporation. On the plus side, in the event of electrical outage or cloud cover, you'll have another option when the standard electrical pump or solar-powered pump just won't work.
For more information, contact Merritt Well & Pump or a similar company.