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Don't Let A Power Outage Leave You Without Water: Expert Tips For Well Owners

If the water supply for your home comes from a well pump, you'll need to be ready in case the power goes out. Without electricity, your well pump won't be able to function, and you could be left without water. Well owners can be prepared for a power outage, and here's how. 

Emergency Kit

In the event of a power loss, keeping an emergency kit on hand is a good idea. This kit should include supplies such as flashlights, candles, a portable radio, and any spare parts or tools you might need to repair or maintain your water pump.

Manual Operation

If your backup power source fails or isn't available, you may need to operate your water pump manually. Familiarize yourself with the pump's manual operation instructions in advance so that you know how to use it if necessary.

Clean Water Pump

A dirty water pump is more prone to malfunction and can be less efficient. Regularly cleaning your water pump can help prevent problems and ensure it functions properly.

Ensure that the area around your water pump is clear of debris, clutter, and other hazards. This can help you quickly access the pump in an emergency and reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.

Backup Power Source

A backup power source will allow your well pump to continue functioning during an outage. Here are two types of backup power sources to consider. 


You can use a generator as a backup power source for your well pump during a power outage. Several types of generators are available. Portable generators are typically smaller and less expensive but may provide less power than larger, more expensive models.

Standby generators are permanently situated outside your home and are designed to turn on automatically during a power outage. Inverter generators are smaller and more lightweight than other types and are designed to produce clean, stable power.

Battery Backup Systems

A backup system uses a battery or a series of batteries to store electricity, which can then be used to power your well pump during a power outage.

These systems are typically easier to install and maintain than generators and are generally quieter and more fuel-efficient. However, they may provide less power than a generator, and the batteries must be replaced periodically.

Adopting these recommendations, such as having a backup generator or an inverter system, will provide security and peace of mind. Remember, even if you have a permanent generator, it should still be tested regularly to ensure it works properly.