Friday, September 3
This morning a little after 7 the pump doctors arrived to see what could be done for the patient. Our well pump was not producing what it should, so it was pulled. It’s a Grundfos pump, supposedly top-of-the-line stuff according to a ranch guest who happened to be the CEO of the American manufacturer in Clovis, California (their main plant is in Denmark). After talking with him over a several-day period I was convinced that we would get a nice long life from a Grundfos. It lasted a little over five years before giving up the ghost.
The two workers pulled out 23 20-foot lengths of pipe to get to the pump, then added five more pieces and a new non-Grundfos pump and stuck everything back down the hole. This time a sand filter about four feet long was added. It seems there is a lot of gritty sand near the top of the well that drifts down and was probably what wore out the pump to start with. The whole operation took about six hours.
Some stats: The depth of the well is just shy of 1,000 feet.
The static water level is at 326 feet.
The new pump is at 560 feet.
The bill for all this will knock me off my feet.
More stats: Our old pump drew 1,700 watts. The new one uses 2,700 watts. The wire size down the well had to jump from #10 to #8 (fatter). We’re going to need more solar panels! Or pay PG&E, the local utility, $104,800 to run power up to our house.
I think we’ll stick with solar power.