Shallow & Deep Well Pumps
You'll find a complete range of shallow and deep well pumps, equipment and solutions available from your local Irrigear® Independent Experts.
What kind of pump do I need for my well and why?
There are two types of above ground pumps for wells or bores:
- Shallow well pumps will pump water from a well up to a maximum of 8m deep, whereas
- Deep well pumps can draw water from depths up to 50m. Deep well pumps can be a good option for very long suction lifts as well.
Both shallow and deep well pumps use a jet and venturi, which boosts pressure (kind of a water powered pump). The type of pump you choose will be determined by the water source and can have an impact on the efficiency of the pump.
These days, submersible pumps can more energy efficient and can work at greater depths. However, shallow and deep well jet pumps sit above the well making maintenance and accessibility easier. Most deep well pumps that are sold these days are replacing an existing deep well pump. Submersible bore pumps and solar pumps can often be a more efficient and reliable option.
What is the difference between a shallow and deep well pump?
A shallow well pump has a jet and venturi bolted onto the inlet of the pump. A portion of the water being pumped is directed into a jet which, with the venturi, aids the suction ability of the pump.
A deep well pump has the jet and venturi assembly connected further away, (down the well/bore or to the water source) by two pipes, one delivert and one suction. The jet and venturi acts like a water driven pump, powered by the delivery pipeline and sending water up the suction line to the pump. For higher suction lifts, a greater proportion of the water being pumped is required to power the jet and venturi, resulting in lower efficiencies. However, in many cases, the cost and benefit of such a system is better than the option of running power to the water source.
Solar powered pumps are becoming another alternative to deep well pumps, as they do not need a power source
Which type of well pump best suits my needs?
Every situation is different, and your local Irrigear expert can assist with selecting the right pump specifically for your needs, However, there are a few guidelines to help you navigate the wide range of pumps available:
- For wells or water sources with less than 8m suction lift, installing a shallow well jet pump could provide enough water for irrigation or home usage;
- For a well between 8m to 50m deep, installing a deep well jet pump can be a great option for residential or agricultural use (and depending on how quickly your well replenishes). In many cases, a submersible pump may be better suited and more efficient;
- For larger wells over 50m deep, Deep well pumps are not suitable. A submersible pump will be the best option.
Do I need to know the depth of my well when shopping for a pump?
In order to get the right pump for your well, having the right details are important. A bore driller’s report should tell you the depth, but if you do not know, using a weighted piece of string and lowering it into the well is an easy way to estimate the depth. If you buy a pump that is too big for your requirements, it could result in higher energy costs, affect the lifespan of the pump and provide a low efficiency solution. On the other hand, a pump that is too small for your needs will cause low water pressure and also create excessive wear and tear on the pump.
How much does a well pump cost?
There are lots of different options available, and there is variability in type, size, quality, output and specifications. Your local Irrigear expert is more than happy to help you navigate the category, taking into account your individual needs for water, budget and longevity.
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- What kind of pump do I need for my well and why?
- What is the difference between a shallow and deep well pump?
- Which type of well pump best suits my needs?
- Do I need to know the depth of my well when shopping for a pump?
- How much does a well pump cost?
At your local Irrigear Independent Experts you'll find access to some of Australia's leading shallow well and deep well pumping solutions, designed and proven for Australian environmental conditions:
- APT Water
- Brown Brothers Engineers (BBEA)
- DAB Water Technology
- Davey Water
- Franklin Electric
- Orange Pumps
- Pentair Onga (Jung Pumpen, Southern Cross)
- WBS Pumps
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