4″ Heavy Duty WaterBoy Well Bucket
4-inch bucket (5″ OD) is for a standard 6″ well casing or larger
What is a Well Bucket?
A well bucket is the simplest, least expensive way to retrieve water from a drilled well. Unlike easily bendable galvanized steel well buckets intended only for temporary use, the WaterBoy is a reliable bucket for everyday use and easy to operate. Simply attach a rope to the bucket, lower it into a well, draw it up and empty the contents into a container by pulling a thumb-lever at the bucket top. Your hands do not come in contact the water. The bucket empties all the way and you do not have to pour it out from the top.
We refer to well buckets as “inexpensive insurance” for water without electricity. There is no limit to the depth a well bucket can be used. However, for greater depths, it is easier to use a tripod or windlass to raise and lower the bucket.
We encourage everyone with a drilled well to have a WaterBoy Well Bucket on hand for emergencies, even if they have solar power, wind generators or other alternative energy systems for retrieving water. Storms or other disasters can temporarily or permanently disable those systems, but a well bucket is always ready to go.
We do not recommend using a well bucket with existing pipes and well pump wires in place because the bucket could become tangled around pipes and or wire when retrieving the bucket. Please contact us with questions.
Why You Need a WaterBoy Well Bucket
A well bucket, also known as a torpedo or cylinder bucket, is the simplest, least expensive way to get water from a well without power. As the name implies, a well bucket is simply a long, skinny bucket that can be lowered into the narrow confines of a well casing to bring water to the surface.
There are two common scenarios that would make you glad you had a well bucket:
1. Water Table Dropping
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the U.S. population will increase by approximately 29 percent between 2000 and 2030. The bureau predicts water shortages in nearly all states.
As population grows, droughts continue, fresh water declines and water tables drop, more wells are drilled (the National Groundwater Association reports 800,000 holes bored annually), putting more strain on freshwater supplies.
When the water table drops below the submersible pump in a well, many people face desperate situations without water. Often, a professional pump installer must be contracted to lower the submersible pump to reach water. In some cases, the well must be drilled deeper to access water with an electric pump. Another complication is having to wait for a well professional to remedy the problem. In some areas the waiting list can be as long as 8 months. Meanwhile, no water can be pumped.
Having a well bucket on hand is a simple way to stay self-reliant when your submersible pump or manual pump is rendered useless.
2. Power Outage
Private wells supply 13.2 million occupied American households with water, according to a 2010 report by the National Groundwater Association. In most wells, electricity powers a pump submerged in the well to bring water to the surface. Without power, of course, water cannot be pumped.
Even if you’re generating your own power (with solar or wind, for example) to operate a submersible well pump, those systems can fail – temporarily or permanently. Ice, snow, wind and lightning can damage electric components, rendering systems inoperable.
A simple well bucket can sustain a family until the power comes back on.