Sandpoint Pumps (SP)
Sandpoint wells are a do-it-yourself well project. A sandpoint is purchased online (suggested retailer)
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200321307_200321307 and driven into the soil via a post pounder, sledge or jack hammer and the addition of 1-1/4 steel pipe, typically in 5 ft sections until water is encountered. Additional depth is encouraged for positive free flowing water into the well. Googling and YouTubing “sand point wells” is encouraged for more information. The sandpoint has a hardened point and holes drilled in the body to allow water to enter. An internal screen keeps grit out of the water supply.
A sandpoint well is often a suggested option for people who have a well that is not compatible with our current installation procedure. Please be advised that sandpoint wells work in areas that have shallow water tables and do not have rocky soil. Driving a second well can often be the solution for people seeking water security.
Many people put a pitcher pump on 1-1/4 sand point wells. Please be advised that pitcher pumps use leather seals and “suck” from the top and thus require “priming” or wetting of the leather seals with water in order to work after prolonged periods of non use. Pitcher pumps also have limited lift (20ft depending on altitude) and may freeze in extreme winter conditions and will require periodic replacement of the leather seals. Our SP pumps are freeze proof and require no seal maintenance or replacement and can lift in excess of 40 ft static.
We at Apocalypse Well Pumps are currently developing a scaled down version of the AK pump that will fit inside 1-1/4 steel pipe found with most sandpoint wells. Our SP pumps will deliver about 2 gpm. This product will be formally introduced in 2021 with a how-to video and installation instructions and pricing. If you are interested in beta testing, email us.
The following video is from a 2020 beta test in Michigan