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Client Story: Ready For Power Outages

Client Story: Ready For Power Outages
Written by
Simple Pump
Published on
December 15, 2022

Two Simple Pump customers living in very different parts of the United States decided to let us know why they chose a Simple Pump hand well pump to utilize for their backup hand well pump.


I live in Michigan. We have well water, and our power goes out for more than 12 hours 3-4 times each year. Having the Simple Pump installed next to our electric pump means we never have to worry about getting caught without water – even in the winter.

We also don’t have to carry water, which is a huge time and effort saver. We installed a conduit through the basement wall, so we can pass a drinking water-safe hose from the pump to the pressure tank. About ten strokes gets the pressure up to 40psi. Though the pressure is lower than usual, and we only get a few gallons per pressurization, it does mean that we can get water to come out of any faucet in the house. If one of us pumps, and the other can wash dishes, fill the water cooler, and flush all the toilets in about ten minutes. Much easier than hauling buckets!

I really appreciate the convenience and peace of mind the SimplePump has brought to life. I can’t imagine relying solely on electricity – or the city utilities – to deliver clean water to my home.


Our Simple Pump hand pump for our well

We have a well in the Sprague River area in Southern Oregon. The nearest power is over a mile away, therefore we have installed solar panels totaling 600 watts. The well is 4″ diam cased and 120′ deep (60′ static level). Clear cold mountain freshwater that has quite a bit of iron taste to it. I installed the Simple pump about 2 years ago without a hitch. All parts arrived just as I had ordered which was a pleasant surprise. I purchased the motorized model and it has performed flawlessly. My pump was installed at a depth of 80′ and supplied about 3 GPM. My solar panels were more than enough to run the pump all day long if I so desired.

This last autumn I pulled the simple pump, so that I could install a submersible pump to a depth of 100′. After installing the submersible, I re-installed the simple pump. When I removed the simple pump, I was amazed at the column of water that was still in the piping. It had not run for at least a months and still had 70 feet of water that the check valve had held. Even in that iron rich water, the parts moved freely with no fouling.

I will probably use the submersible pump more now, because of capacity reasons, but it is good to know I have a faithful backup standing at the ready with my Simple Pump.

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