ARID ZONE: Finding shallow water sources for hand pumping
(Republic MO USA)
We recognize that water supply is a serious vulnerability to those living away from ponds and streams. We have a rural well powered by electricity but this makes us vulnerable to coming calamity.
We want to put a shallow hand pump well in but I am not aware of how to go about obtaining a 20 foot well hole. Also, the driller of our traditional electric pump well had to go over 400 foot deep to obtain 80 gallons per minute flow. Is it realistic for us to expect at least a few gallons per hour to accumilate in a 20 foot shallow well?
In short, I know I can get the well pump from you but am not sure how to proceed and unsure whether the included instructions will include the kind of details I am asking above.
Area drillers seem to be very ignorant about shallow wells -- I assume because shallow hand pump water wells have been considered impractical and unnecessary for decades in America, with its cheap electricity.
Thanks for your guidance
MEG: OUR HAND PUMPS INCLUDE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS, BUT NOT HOW TO DIG A SHALLOW WELL