Yep. They're called generators.
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If your electric water well loses electrical power, is there a way to switch to propane or operate manually?
Shallow wells can be hand pump easy, it may take a while to get all the water you want. Then can be power with small generators. Some even by battery with solar. If you live in an area with deep wells like 400 feet it becomes a new game.
Wife grandfather use to pump water by jacking a car up and running a belt off the drive wheel to power the pump.
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Yes. Where I live we are all on wells and the power goes out occasionally for several days at a time. Every home has a 4500 watt or larger 220v gas. propane, or diesel generator that can be hooked to the well pump if needed. A few use whole house LP (propane) generators. I use solar myself but a properly sized gas generator can provide a lot of well and household electricity it you've got enough fuel. The correct sized generator depends on your well pump motor size. Considering the "start up surge" figure at least 2500 watts per hp of pump motor size, a bit larger generator may be worth buying because larger well pumps have a huge starting surge.
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You can buy deep well hand pumps from Bison, but they are not cheap.
Any well over 28 feet deep cannot be pumped by a normal hand pump.
There are some that will . . . but as stated they can be pricey.
Mine is 149 feet deep, . . . and I need to do something about it this spring / summer, . . . pump is dead in it now.
The other thing you might consider is a windmill, . . . it can be fixed to fill a tank and when the tank gets full, . . . it mechanically disconnects the pump, . . . although the wind blades keep turning.
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As Dwight mentioned, normal hand pumps reley on atmospheric air pressure to work. I imagine at high altitudes the effective depth is less.
For shallow well you can fabricate pumps cheaply
I have mentioned this is previous threads here but there is a company called Simple Pump that has developed a hand pump that can go deep. It will be able to fill a pressure tank. Also you can get solar electric add on. You can check them out at simplepump.com If your well pipe is big enough 6" or more then this can go right down the same pipe as your regular setup. If you are handy the installation is not difficult, they have installation instructions and videos on the site. As an example the estimated cost for a simple pump with a static water level of 250' it would be about $2,700.00 plus about $250.00 shipping.
Try a company Called Grundfos. They are thought to be the leaders in Solar Energy Pumps.
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