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Trying to figure out the best plan for well backup. Have already set up solar/battery system. I need to figure out if I should run an inverter to the ac pump or add a dc pump into the well.
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If you have a solar/battery system, you already have a DC system. But yes, you use a DC dry pump.
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I mean which is cheaper / easier, the dc pump put down the well pipe, or plumbed into the above ground pipes with one-way valves?
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@ Gardog - I don't remember, I think the pump is at 75 feet. I'll have to find out.
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This is a little pricey but it should get the job done.

http://survivalunlimited.com/waterpumps/spsolarpump.htm


http://survivalunlimited.com/handwaterpumpdeep.htm
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There are pumps on the market that will accept either ac or dc. Grundfos is one that I can remember off the top of my head...
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I would keep them separate. However, if you're only at 75 feet, I would have a hand pump instead. For the AC powered pump, I would pump it into at least a 1000 gallon above ground cistern and then into the house. If you have lots of sediments, it'll serve as a settling tank as well. Get the largest one you can afford...
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