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Out back water retriever

Post by Nightjar on Sun 14 May 2017, 4:50 pm

Made up this emergency water retriever years ago using thin walled 100mm PVC (to keep weight to minimal)
It goes everywhere with us in the van.
There are 1000's of wells and bores dotted around the gold fields and this tube will fit down most of them.
Have the tube connected to a length of rope.
The green cone shaped cover in one of the pics is to keep dirt contaminating water when retrieving.
Drop a rock down the bore first to establish there is water available.
Lower the tube down the hole when it strikes the water you will feel the rope go slack. (Same as when you drop a sinkered fishing line)
Give the tube a bit of slack and when it has filled you will feel the weight once again on rope.
The tube here will draw out 5.5 litres of water at a time. (Remembering the old 4.5/day/person for survival.)




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Re: Out back water retriever

Post by Chiv on Mon 15 May 2017, 7:13 am

don't recommend dropping rocks down the boreholes, small pebble at a push. I have cleaned out bore holes that have filled up with rocks to get the pump back down the holes ( these bore holes were by the road so heavy traffic and people just can't help them selves with seeing how deep they are) with todays good LED torches you do get a reflection back from the water if the hole was bored straight, try the torch first before pebble drop you never know what you might see, most good drink water bore seem to be in with 120ft in the northern gold fields after that they tend to get brackish, you have a good pump bucket you have made most simple set I have seen yet :) use some thing simular for cleaning out rocks made from stainless which can be fun getting back out when it jams up.

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Re: Out back water retriever

Post by Nightjar on Sun 21 May 2017, 7:33 am

Should have mentioned, most of the bore holes we have retrieved water from were actually drillers holes. 1000's of them through out the goldfields.

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Re: Out back water retriever

Post by purple-dragon on Tue 23 May 2017, 12:53 pm

I can`t get the pictures to work mate-what do you use in the bottom of the tube is a clapper valve (rubber flap) or a rubber ball set up?-regards Dragon
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