Emergency Pump System


Installation Instructions


            The pump column of your EPS Emergency Pump System must hang ten feet below static water level in your well. If you are unsure of the water level depth, ask the dealer who installed your permanent pump system to tell you how deep the static water level in your well is.

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 Locate your well head (Fig. 1) and familiarize yourself with the component parts of the EPS. Position the EPS in its packing box in a convenient location near the well head. Cut the bands which secure the packing box and unfold it completely. Lay out the parts on the unfolded packing box to keep them clean. Keep the packing box to store the EPS when not in use.

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Remember, these parts will be in contact with your well water, so take precautions not to introduce foreign matter or contaminants into the well while you are working with the EPS.


            You will need wrenches to remove the bolts securing the well cap, and a couple of pairs of large slip-jaw pliers or similar tools to tighten the column joints of the EPS




Your EPS kit contains the following parts:

1 @ pump cylinder assembly (identified by the blue check-valve screen at the column end and the label “PUMP”)

5 @ 8 1/2-foot column lengths with pump rod inside

1 @ discharge terminal column (identified by the label “DISCHARGE”)

1 @ discharge pipe

1 @ pump rod tee-handle

1 @ slip plate

1 @ roll teflon thread sealant

1 @ 1/2” ABS pipe nipple (gray)

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1. Remove the well cap. This is the cover bolted to the well head casing. Removing this cap exposes the well, so take care not to drop anything into the open well casing. (Figs. 4, 5)

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 2. Identify the pump cylinder assembly in the EPS kit (the column length with the blue check-valve screen at bottom marked “PUMP”) and insert the cylinder assembly into the well (Fig. 6). Keep a firm grip and position the slip plate on the column, over the well casing, as soon as possible (Fig. 7). Be very careful not to let the EPS pump cylinder fall into the well, where it may become impossible to retrieve without special equipment. The slip plate allows the column to rest on the well casing until you are ready to assemble the next column section. (Fig. 8)

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3. Apply teflon sealing tape to the male threads of the column shaft (outer casing and pump rod) just before assembling them to the preceding column in the well (Fig. 9).

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4. Pull the pump rod six inches or so upwards from the pump column in the well casing, which is resting on the slip plate. This enables you to screw the pump rod within the next column into it. This may require the aid of the 1/2” ABS (gray) pipe nipple included in the kit. Screw the nipple into the pump rod, pull it up, and holding the pump rod in position above the pump column, remove the gray ABS nipple

5. Pick an 8 1/2 foot column section, and screw the pump rod inside of it into the corresponding pump rod within the column already in the well. Tighten joints firmly by hand, and use tools only if necessary. Do not over-tighten, and be careful not to cross-thread connections. Assemble the outer casing of the column in similar fashion. (Figs. 10, 11)

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6. With a firm grip on the column, move the slip plate around the pipe joint, and then re-position it, allowing the column section to descend into the well

7. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 until the pump cylinder is positioned at an optimal depth in the well. The discharge assembly, identified by the “DISCHARGE” label will be the final 8 1/2 foot section.

8. Screw the discharge pipe into the terminal connection on the discharge column (Fig. 12) and screw the pump rod tee handle onto the pump rod. (Fig. 13)

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9. You are ready to pump water! Several strokes of the handle will be required to fill
the assembled length of the pump column with water. The pump handle delivers up to
a quart of water with each stroke and works easily enough for a child to operate.
(Fig. 14)

Figure 14

Please keep in mind that at all times when the EPS is in position, your well is open to the elements. Take precautions against foreign matter or contaminants entering the well casing. When not in use, secure the well head against the entry of foreign matter by covering with a piece of plastic or tarp.


If the EPS is to be used over an extended period of time, we recommend the use of a well seal (Fig. 15) to safeguard the well against contamination.

Figure 15

If you wish to maintain the EPS in working position on a permanent basis, ask your dealer to provide you with the permanent installation kit, which includes a well seal and galvanized discharge equipment, serviceable in all weather.



            To remove the EPS from the well, simply follow the installation directions in reverse order. One word of caution: after use, the entire column length will be full of water, weighing an additional seven pounds per column section, so the EPS will be heavier to pull up from the well than it was when let down into it. Each full section will drain when disassembled, so you may want to take precautions against getting wet when disassembling the EPS. Dry the parts of the EPS and replace them in the original carton for storage.