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    Default Supplemental pump

    Recently our well pump...down around 400 feet began to slow down and now only gives us 20 psi and runs all the time. I know it needs replacement but could I temporarily add another pump at the end to assist the water up to the top? I know of people with low pressure from city water and have had to do the same thing. I would probably connect it to the pressure switch ensuring they both kick on and off at the same time.

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    You have either a failed pump or a failed pipe from the pump to the tank. Someone with a clamp-on ammeter could determine which it is: Low amps means failed pump; high amps means failed pipe.

    Adding a pump will not be a satisfactory fix because either the pump or the pipe will get worse. In the meantime it would cost you a lot of money for a new pump and a lot of money for electricity to run the bad pump in the well.

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