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    Default Airlift or Submersible Well?

    Hello!

    I am finally having a new well put in close to the house and I planned on a 4" submersible well, but when the contractor came out he recommended a airlift well. I am not sure which is a better system. He told me the airlift will have a pump above the groud and a 320 gallon holding tank that has a 1/2 HP pump in it to move water to the house.

    My main goal with the new well is volume of water and water pressure. I want to be able to pump around 10gpm with my pressure being around 40.

    Please let me know the pros and cons of these systems and what you all think is best. Price is almost the same so I am not factoring that into the decision.

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    Other than testing and developing a well, Airlifting is a new term to me. Can you elaborate on what this guy intends to do?

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    I am not finding it on the net either.

    So this is what he told me.

    He will drill me well about 190 feet, the pump will be above ground and a pressure tank attached. Told me it is better because I can kick all the parts since they will be on the surface. The he connect the system to a 320 gallon holding tank that has a 1/2 hp pump in the actual tank to push the water to our house.

    This help?

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    Sounds like he's installing a shallow well or deep well jet pump on the well to feed a cistern then installing a submersible pump in the cistern to pressurize the house. Why two Pumps??? Two Tanks??? Makes no sense to me. You might want to have him draw a diagram so you can post it here.

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    I think that is exactly what he is doing. I am not 100% he was going to use two tanks, but I am sure it was a jet well that feed a tank. Then he was using a sub pump in the large holding tank for the house.

    Do you think this is cheaper than a 4" well and that is why he is trying to get me to swap? I mean cheaper for him.

    He is 76 years old and a serious character. Nice guy, but I have learned long ago not to trust people when it comes to business.


    A 4" will give more volume than this setup?

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    Either he knows something I don't or he doesn't have the equipment to do a larger well for you. One Pump and Tank are always better than two as long as the well can supply enough water for your home.

    I would get some other opinions.

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    He has the gear to drill the well. I know him through a family member, so I know he can do it. I am just trying to figure out if a submersible is a better way to go.

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    I know he has the gear, but is he drilling a 4" or a smaller hole??? I would not advise anyone to drill anything smaller than a 4" well these days.

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    Just got off the phone with the contractor.

    He said it is a 2" well that uses an air compressor to move the water from the well to the holding tank. There is also a pressure tank in there but I forgot to ask if that is connected to the well then the holding tank to it or the other way around. So one compressor that uses air to lift the water and a 1/2 hp submersible pump in the holding tank.

    Telling me he puts in over 100 of these systems every year.

    What you think?

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    I think you still need another estimate and opinion. I would never have a 2" well drilled for any reason.

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    Why is it so bad to go with a 2" these days? Forgive me for not knowing.

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    You can't get a real pump in 2" casing. That is what all the air lift stuff is about. You need 4" minimum and 5" is better to get a good submersible pump down there. All the stuff being on the surface is not necessarily a good thing with a deep well.

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    Here is the setup.

    http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...20Lift%20Well/

    I went this way since we have so much iron in the water and this removes 97%.

    It pumps a crazy amount of water out of the well. Filled up my holding tank in 15 min.

    It also keeps the pressure between 65 - 75 psi. Crazy!

    Oh and all the equipment is easy to work on and cheap to replace.

    Now we will see if the test of times makes me love or hate it.

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    Now that is pretty cool! I can see where it would be great with iron in the water. I guess there is regular submersible pump in the storage tank that is giving you the 65-75 PSI for the house?

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