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Three Considerations for Selecting a Well Pump

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There are significant environmental concerns related to long-term water security. Therefore, it is important for you to consider installing an alternative water source in your property, for example, a well or a borehole. These reservoirs can provide a consistent supply of underground water for domestic, commercial and even industrial tasks. You will need a good water pump to draw water from the well to the building. A poor choice will lead to insufficient water pressure, early breakdown and inconvenience due to the need for frequent repairs and maintenance. Here are some of the important aspects to consider before purchasing and installing the ideal well water pump.

Required Water Flow

The capacity of each well pump is a critical aspect because it will determine whether the supplied water can meet your needs. Ideally, you should get a water pump which can cater for the water quantity required when all your outlet fixtures are switched on at the same time. However, the cost can be high for such a high capacity pump so you can calculate the required water for outlets that are likely to operate at the same time. It is advisable to request for estimation assistance from your plumber for accurate results in terms of potential water volume per minute. This will help you ensure that your new pump is not strained and the initial cost of purchase is not exorbitant.

Submersible vs. External

There are different types of well water pumps in the market, but they can be categorised as submersible or external equipment. As implied, submersible pumps are designed for installation under the water. They are advantageous because they can pump water from very deep reservoirs and require minimal maintenance for continued operation. Additionally, the efficiency and capacity of the submersible pump is high.

On the other hand, this equipment can be damaged by sand in impure water. External pumps include centrifugal and jet pumps which are fitted outside the well. They are energy efficient and long-lasting because they are not affected by the underwater conditions. However, some pumps will require priming by filling the connected pipes with water. The choice will depend on the depth of your well and preferences.

Operational Expenses

You should ensure that you can handle the long-term operational expenses of installing a well pump. Generally, you can calculate the potential costs by multiplying the watt rating outlined on the pump by the cost of each kilowatt and the expected running time. In addition, you should factor in any servicing and potential repair requirements.

Talk to a contractor like Tweed Coast Pumps & Irrigation for more information on pumps.