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How deep can one install a water well hand pump?

 
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1. This is for Tennessee. The average water table depth is 50 - 200ft. Would it be possible to "hammer" down a hand drawn well pipe like in this video?

2. How does one determine what the depth of the water table is for a property?

3. How do I know if the water table is above bedrock or not? I dont think it would be possible to go through bedrock unless a commercial drill is used.
 
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We have this shallow well pitcher pump, but the description at the website says it will pump up to 26 feet. (We are in Middle Georgia, very sandy soil, and we found our water at 5 feet. We dug down another 9 feet for good measure.)

https://www.agrisupply.com/tall-shallow-well-pitcher-pump/p/104331/

We have been VERY HAPPY with this pitcher pump. It's a beast.

We used an auger to dig down. This is the one we bought for the job: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OY4ABW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The auger is threaded, so we just kept adding more length of steel pipe to go deeper. It would not have handled bedrock. I think a commercial drill would be necessary.

Have you tried contacting the US Geological Survey for your specific water depth? https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-can-i-find-depth-water-table-a-specific-location?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products
 
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If you are going to drill by hand, you have to be able to pull the weight of 200ft of the pipe being used as the drill.
The cost of the pipe may also be very high.
It may be best to have a well borer come in and do it.
Can you catch rainfall instead?
Hand pumps working on vacuum can only lift about 25 feet, the water vaporises at that point.
If you have buckets in the pump, you then have the weight of the buckets and the water for the fall 200ft depth.
 
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Hand pumps are common in India and I know they are often more than 100 feet deep. At our school we had one drilled (by a big machine) that was 80 feet deep. We could easily pump water from it. Maybe 15 empty pumps of the handle up and down before water came, and then it came thick and fast.
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