I am providing a basic list of the things you need to do to install the air powered pump.

Before you start make sure you have all of the parts you need and all of the tools you will need as well.  If you are removing an old pump from the well then you will need all of the tools to get the old one out.  Many deep well systems are very heavy.  Carefully check what the expected weight is and have all of the proper equipment available.  Some well pumps and piping can be a hundred pounds and others can be two tons.  Obviously special equipment is required for the most heavy systems.

On the new pump side you need the well pump and controller.

You will need a compressor that does not use oil on the main compressor pistons.  You do not want oil mixed in the air supply going down the well.  These air pumps are common.

A filter on the air line so dirt can not enter into the controller or go down the air lines to the water in the well.

You need a lift cord attached to the well pump.  Do not use the water and air lines to lower or raise the well pump.  The cord must not rot and should be rated at 300 lbs.

You need well pump tape so you can tape the water and air lines to the lift cord. 

You need all of the fittings to route the water line to the water storage tank and air line to where the compressor is located.

You need some kind of controller which will shut off the compressor if the water has filled the water storage tank or turn on the compressor if the water level is low.  I have used just a timer to run the well pump.  I just look at the water tank and set a timer for a set amount of time so the tank is filled.   If your water tank is 150 gallons low then set the timer for two hours .

You need some kind of hook or clip that is attached to the lift cord so after the pump is in place the cord can be attached to the well case.  Care should be taken so the pump and cord are not dropped in the well with no way to get them out.


The following sequence of pictures shows an install where the air powered well pump is attached to an existing electric pump pipe.  Many people will want to use their existing pump and add the air powered pump as a backup system.


Because an electric pump and the pipes are so heavy we had to use a well pump crane to pull up and place the new pump.  If the well is empty then the pump can be lowered by hand or small winch.


Here you can see the electric cable that goes to the pump.  The water line goes out the side of the well case two feet below ground level.  There is a pitless connector for the water to flow outside the well case.


A short pipe is screwed into the pitless adapter.


The crane is attached to the pipe and the whole pipe and pump assembly is pulled up.  This one weighed about 600 lbs.  Large systems can weigh in at a ton.  The pitless adapter is the brass piece that has a green seal.


Each twenty foot section of pipe is lifted up by the crane.  The pipe is unscrewed and laid to one side.  Then the next section is lifted up.


Here is a picture of the crane.  You can see the sections of pipe.  You can also see the coiled pipe used on the air powered pump.


Here you can see the electric pump.  It was inspected and placed back in the ground.


The air powered pump was attached to the hard pipe so it would be 20 ft into the water.  In this case the water was at 300 ft so the pump was attached at the 320 ft mark.  The water level was measured when the pump was removed from the well.


Because this is a deep water installation two inline pumps are required.  The water is brought up in stages so the air pressure is kept low. 


The end pipe has the pitless adapter and it is aligned with the mating part on the inside of the well case.  Then the threaded pipe is removed once the weight of the water pipes is held by the pitless adapter.  Here you can see the air lines and water line that go to the air powered pump.


The well case is sealed.  We will make an insulated box between the well head and the pump shed.


Several years ago I came to realize that many people who think they are prepared for the grid going down or an EMP pulse only really have a temporary water solution.  I saw a need for an inexpensive well pump that operated on a power source immune from the effects of a solar flare or EMP pulse.  I knew that air pressure could be stored easily and made easily by rotary wind vanes or a solar panel and an electric compressor.  This site and products are the water solution I came up with.  It may not be perfect but it will keep you alive.  All of the parts are made of materials which do not make the water unsafe to drink.  Stainless steel, PVC,  and brass make up the main parts.

Everyone should have an emergency water backup plan.  A few gallons of water set aside is great but when it runs out you and everyone else will be searching for clean water.  Open water systems will quickly become contaminated.

In my study of people who prepare for disaster I came across what is known as preppers.  People who try and set aside food or equipment which in a disaster will help them or their neighbors.  We all rely on our technology and if it were to go away  we would lose our ability to survive.  Either exposure, lack of water or food will cause us to wander about with millions of others seeking the necessities of life.

In order to be totally prepared we need to have a plan which supplies shelter, food, and water.  In a major disaster we need to be completely self sufficient with a continuous supply of energy, food, and water.  This is not easy to do.  To attempt to do this on your own will probably not work.  A group of people with the required skills and material will be needed for long term survival.  This site is dedicated to one part of a survival plan.  I will talk about my plans and my systems but I make no guarantee that what I do will work in all environments.  It is best that each of you form your own plans and test all of the systems.  An emergency is not the time to dust off a pile of stuff in the garage to see if it will help you survive.

Please send me any suggestions on survival systems and I will post the ones I think make sense.

This site deals with well pumps, emergency water systems, Preppers, air pump, safe water, EMP issues, Nuclear bomb survival, clean water, Solar flare issues, solar flare 1859, solar flare 1989 Canada, fires caused by electric fields, EMP pulses, emergency survival, Air pressure, inexpensive well pump, cheap well pump, small budget, well case, well cap, solar panals, wind energy, turbine blades, fan blades, electric generation, and many more things.

We at water72 are dedicated to supplying all of the key components so you can safely obtain water in an off grid environment.  The vertical wind vane and solar panel chargers are part of those solutions.  Low tech battery charging controllers are also part of the system we will offer. The systems are made to use renewable sources.  So you could call then green energy systems.  Right now we are projecting that our vertical wind vane will output two horsepower in a stiff wind.  Here in the White Mountains of Arizona a stiff wind is easy to come across.


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