Priming A Pump On A Shallow Well

Priming A Pump On A Shallow Well

Priming A Pump On A Shallow Well

There’s an old hand dug shallow well fit with a hand pump beneath the Husband & Wife trees in my front yard.
During the winter months the pump handle is set in an upright position to allow all water to drain out of it and to keep it from freezing.

In the spring (or during a power outage in the winter) the pump must be re-primed by pouring about a quart of water into it. With this particular shallow well pump I know that enough water has been poured into it when water starts to flow from the spigot.


Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


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