non-electric well pump
I chimed in on the shelter in place thread that we are pretty good in terms of food, shelter and warmth. Our Achilles heel is water. We are on a deep well and it's good water, but without electricity, we have no well pump. Truth be told, we don't even know precisely where the well is. A contractor needed to know and it wasn't in our deed so we called the previous owners (who built the house). They were pretty vague and indicated that it was on the west side of the house. We called the home of the man who dug the well and he had passed away. The man who got his records was very helpful but couldn't find anything. The county health department is supposed to have a record, but they don't.
All that to say, we need to know how to find our well and once we do, we need to know how to make it functional in case of a power outage. My husband is understandably nervous about opening the well and introducing contamination, so other ideas are welcome as well.
The helpful well guy suggested digging a second, shallow well deemed an agricultural well. It would only be about 60 feet deep. I don't know if that's even a possibility anymore since all of the water rights in my state were sold off recently. I know they are slapping up water towers and laying pipe as fast as they can, which seems odd for such a sparsely populated area.
Again, we are open to any suggestions are how to remedy our water problem.