If you are planning on installing a bore pump to move water for irrigation, domestic use or livestock watering, consider choosing a submersible unit. In general, submersible pumps are more energy efficient because they are submerged in the well or borehole. Therefore, the power needed for lifting water is considerably lower. Also, these bore units are self-priming, minimising the detrimental effects of a dry operation. In addition, the submersion of the pump reduces the space requirements for placement. However, keep in mind that proper operation of the pump needs correct installation. Here are simple tips to help you prepare for a submersible bore pump setup.
Choose the Right Match
The choice of bore pump will determine the performance after installation. Therefore, select the best match for your needs to avoid installation mishaps and operational problems in the future. The depth of the bore is a critical consideration. Make sure that the chosen submersible pump can lift water through the column. If the well is too deep and the water level is low, a more powerful pump might be needed. Also, check on the flow rate of the bore pump. The unit should be capable of supplying sufficient water to match your needs. Other critical considerations include the water quality, variability of water level and the type of motor.
Inspect the Bore Pump
Check the condition of your bore bump before purchase and after delivery to your installation site. Small problems can lead to malfunctions after placement in the borehole. For example, look out for physical damage before proceeding with your work. Keep in mind that physical damage has to be reported immediately to avoid voiding the warranty. Also, make sure that all the components indicated by the manufacturer are present. Confirm the number and types of seals in particular because these can go missing, causing mishaps during the installation.
Check the Electrical Requirements
Finally, submersible bore pumps are electrical units. Ensure that there is a suitable outlet to supply the required power for operation. Keep in mind that the amount of electrical power required will depend on the size and capacity of the motor. If you are planning on using the pump for domestic purposes, you can depend on the standard electrical input from your residential system. However, a more complex power setup might be needed for large agricultural operations. For example, some high-capacity pumps might require three-phase power. If you are uncertain about the best choice for your borehole and applications, consult an electrician and your pump supplier.