Well Manager® Products

Water Well System for No Water

THE LARGEST SELECTION OF PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO GET THE WATER YOU NEED AND THE PERFORMANCE YOU WANT

In a perfect world, wells would provide all the water needed, when needed, even in times of drought. But, in our world, there are millions of people who don’t get enough water from their well to do the things most of us take for granted. Many of those people live right here in the United States.

Do You Have a Water Well System with No Water?

There are few things more frustrating than not having enough water to complete all of your daily tasks. Whether you’re showering, doing the laundry, or simply making your morning coffee, you expect that you will have enough water to do it all.

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Unfortunately, for many homeowners that rely on a well water system, this is not the reality. Many who are looking to improve well water performance may contact plumbers, hoping for a solution for their well water system. However, backed-up pipes are often not the culprits for scenarios when you have no water. Others may have been told by a well driller that they need another well or an additional water storage tank for their well; but these methods are often expensive or do not adequately address the problem.

If you are searching for a low yield and low pressure water well solution, then Well Manager® may be the answer. Even if you have a low yield well — perhaps one that only yields one quart per minute — a Well Manager® system may provide the low flow water well solution you need.

Here are some of the features and benefits of a Well Manager® water system for well water:

  • Produces guaranteed results for improving well water performance at a known cost
  • Get more water from a producing well than any other off-the-shelf product on the market today!
  • Provides pressure for “luxurious” showers using the well you have — no need to call a well driller or plumber
  • Simple to install — takes as little as 3 hours and requires no digging or changes to the well.
  • Available in sizes that will fit in a floor space as small as 24”x37”, and will fit through a 24” door.
  • Takes up little space – all but 4″ of water in storage can be used thanks to our patent pending PumpChamber™, allowing Well Manager to get more usable water from smaller home water storage tanks.
  • Protects wells from damage caused by overpumping
  • Protects pumping equipment from dry running
  • The most environmentally responsible water harvesting system available
  • Drought tolerance – our water storage system can function with a very shallow pumping reservoir, so a Well Manager® can get water from your well when other systems can’t!
  • Our unique very sensitive flow detector is designed to operate reliably no matter how much grit or sand your well produces now.
  • Dependability – A dependable, fully automatic well water system that requires minimal upkeep
  • A UL Listed pump control panel that can relentlessly collect a predetermined amount of water at regular time intervals, enabling you to collect the entire output of a well without pumping it down or to limit the amount of water that can be withdrawn!
  • A built in backflow preventer that makes it impossible to siphon the contents of the storage tank back into the well. This protects the aquifer from contamination.
  • Can be used to limit withdrawals based on water rights or other allocations
  • Scalable concept works on any size water system
  • Constant Pressure Feature – standard on some systems, available on all.
  • Control systems available for Community Well Systems with multiple wells

The Ultimate Low Yield and Low Pressure Water Well Solution

Well Manager® is the result of many years of development and field-testing. These water well systems are in use from Alaska to Honduras by many thousands of people in their homes, offices, and schools. Even the USDA Forest Service uses our systems to manage well water systems in national parks. Well Manager® was designed to get more usable water from low yield water well systems, but it is much more than a tank full of water. It controls the amount of water harvested and frequency at which water is removed from the well, in addition to showing you how pumping is affecting well water levels. In short, it doesn’t just protect the well pump, but it also protects the well from over pumping, the leading cause of reduced yield and premature well failure. These are among the reasons that Well Manager Systems are covered by two US and one Canadian patent, and why they have been called the most environmentally responsible system for harvesting well water, making it the ideal solution for improving your water well performance without contacting a well driller.

This water harvesting system is the perfect low flow water well solution that will work on almost any well, combination of wells, or mixed sources like a well and a rainwater collection system. It will work with any type of pump or pumps and can be used to supply buildings with an expected peak demand of a few gallons per minute to those requiring 100 GPM and much more.

A Well Manager® system can take a terrible well and turn it into a good source of water, without the need to contact a well driller for a new well. For example, in a residential setting, our home water storage system will enable a family of four to live with a one quart per minute well with as little as 160 gallons of tank storage. The best part is that the domestic water storage tank system can usually be installed in a few hours, so it can truly change a family’s lifestyle overnight. In fact, these well water systems are in use on wells with yields as poor as 1/10th gallon per minute!

The first morning after the system is installed, our family of four will have enough water and pressure to take two showers at once. Everyone in the family would be able to take a 10-minute shower, use the toilet, shave, make breakfast, and still have enough water to run the dishwasher — and all of this on that terrible one quart per minute well. The Well Manager® is truly a life-changing low yield and low pressure water well solution.

When we began thinking about ways to deal with wells that recharge slowly, we realized that most lack of water problems result from the way water is collected from the well, not because there is no water to collect or the storage tank is too small.  Some people, including well drillers and plumbers, may try to convince you that a large plastic storage tank controlled by a float and a well pump motor protector with a timer is just as good as a Well Manager®, but do not be fooled. Systems that operate with a simple float to turn the well pump off and on can actually damage the well because they overpump it.  Well Manager® is designed to prevent well damage that results from overpumping, which is one of the reasons it has been awarded a patent in the United States and Canada. See our FAQs for more information on this.

The tables below demonstrate that even a one-quart per minute well can support a family of four if they have a way to collect all the water the well produces.

A traditional storage tank (the one most homes have) is pressurized as the pump draws water from the well. When the preset pressure is reached, the pump shuts off and waits for someone to use the water stored in the pressure tank. With a traditional system, when you don’t use water, the pump just sits there. The well is collecting water, but the pump isn’t harvesting it. As the well fills toward its static level, production slows until it stops producing.

Looking at a low yield well in this way, the gallon per minute yield of the well is more important than the amount of water the well can store if you have a means to keep it producing without causing damage by overpumping.

Improving your water well performance has never been easier than with Well Manager®, which was designed to keep your well producing without overpumping. The beauty of it is that results are predictable, because the design is based on known quantities, including how many gallons per minute the well provides, how many gallons per minute the well pump can deliver, and how much water you need to take care of your peak demand needs. The pump controller is almost infinitely adjustable with regard to frequency and duration of pumping cycles, but in most cases the well pump runs no more than 3 times per hour, keeping pump starts well within recommended limits.

The pumping cycles are set up to take no more water than the well can produce, so fluctuations in the well’s water level are reduced. Because drawdown can be controlled, overpumping is prevented, and “interference” between wells is eliminated. The system can be used on wells with very little storage or very low static levels. Once the pumping cycles have been set up, the Well Manager® relentlessly collects water day and night, whether or not there is water being used, until the unpressurized well water storage tank is full.

The Concept is Scalable

Low yield is a relative term; a 10 gallon per minute well is low yield for a home with eight bathrooms, just as a quart per minute well is a seriously low yield for a 2-bath home; but with a Well Manager, both of these situations are manageable. The same is true for a church, school, office building, or assembly plant that needs an improved water harvesting system for improving their water well performance. The same concepts for low yield water well solutions also apply to irrigation, community wells, and other large water projects.

Pump Control Sequence of Operation

Well pump run duration and wait time between run times are selected by means of ten binary switches, which permit run or delay times from 10 seconds to 2.8 hours in 10-second increments.  When power is applied to the Well Manager® control, the well pump ON cycle begins and the well pump starts.

If the pump starts water flowing through the pipe from the well to the atmospheric storage vessel, a flow detector enables the well pump to continue running.

If, for any reason, the flow detector is not activated before the allotted 6 seconds elapses, or water stops flowing from the source during an on cycle, power to the well pump is interrupted. This provides well pump protection in the event that the well yield falls below the control setting and the well is inadvertently pumped down and shuts the pump off if water fails to arrive for any reason, whether it be a locked rotor, broken motor coupling, broken check valve, broken drop or underground pipe, jammed impellers, etc.

The well pump, controlled by the timer, will come on every time an “on time” or collection cycle starts unless the atmospheric storage vessel is full.  Once full, a tank full float deactivates the well pump relay.

Tank Level Control and Overfill Shut-off

If the tank full float fails to shut off incoming water, an OverFill shut off device will interrupt 24V control power and turn off both the collection and delivery pumps. The system is designed this way so that building occupants will know there is a problem.

If an overfill occurs, there will be no water pressure in the building. The storage tank for well water will be full of water and the LOW WATER and TANK FULL lights will be on.

To verify that an overfill event has occurred, simply open the OVER FILL SHUT OFF DEVICE drain valve. If water flows from the valve, this means that the holding tank for the well has overfilled, and that the tank full float is not functioning as it should. Once water is drained from the overfill device, the pressure pump will start and the well pump will once again be allowed to come on.

If an overfill has occurred, turn off the well pump breaker in the Well Manager panel to prevent another overfill, then look for the problem or call for service. The plumbing will function until the content of the water storage tank for the well is exhausted, and you can still add water to the tank from the well manually; or, simply turn the well pump back on and restart the system if the Over Fill causes the system to shut down again.

The low water float is the safety mechanism that prevents the pressure pump from running the un-pressurized storage vessel dry.  This prevents the PumpChamber™ from losing its prime and prevents pressure pump damage.  The low water float, located in the unpressurized storage vessel, turns the pressure pump off if the water level drops to 4”, and turns it back on when the level rises to 11”.  All floats in the Well Manager domestic water storage tank have mechanical switches in them and do not contain mercury.

Flow Detector

The Well Manager has a flow detector built into the tank fill line. It’s not a garden-variety flow detector — it’s one we came up with because those available were just not sensitive enough, would jam when well grit got in them, or couldn’t detect water moving until the water actually arrived at the switch.

Our flow detector is a very sensitive pressure switch connected to the line between the well and the Well Manager fill. (It is mounted on the WM Tank and piping when you get it).  Between the flow detector and the tank fill is a throttling valve, which allows the backpressure on the well line to be adjusted.

This permits detection of very small flows — down to 1 quart per minute pump discharge if need be. This detector can recognize water moving in the well line BEFORE it arrives at the water storage tank for your well system. Water moving up the pipe will push air ahead of it, so the flow detector knows that the pump is working and water is coming because it can sense the air pressure ahead of the flow.

In order to adjust this backpressure, there is a 30-PSI liquid filled gauge on the flow detector and a throttling valve. When the WM is started up after installation, the first item of business is to adjust well line backpressure using the throttling valve with the well pump running. This sensitive switch will operate on a fraction of a pound of pressure BUT we recommend setting it to 6 PSI. Since no water has been removed from the well since you began the installation, chances are the static level in the well will be fairly high when this adjustment is made.

Our flow detector has other benefits; it means that it is possible to install the pipe from the well to the Well Manager® above the frost line, which can be helpful in areas where bedrock is close to the surface and excavating is difficult. If you install a drain down in the well and arrange the well line so it pitches back to the well, the pipe will drain back when the well pump shuts off. The Well Manager® tank cannot siphon back because it is protected by an Atmospheric Vacuum Relief Valve on the tank fill and the flow detector will detect the air ahead of the water when the well pump starts and know that there is water coming.  When setting the collection cycle timer, simply add the time it takes for the water to arrive at the home water storage tank to the pump run time to get the desired collection rate.

A Word About Pump Performance

The rate at which a pump can deliver water into an atmospheric holding tank for your well will vary with the height of the lift. Lift height is the difference between the water level in the well and the highest point in the piping to the WM tank.  It does not matter whether the pump is down 1000′ or 50′, because the water level inside the drop pipe is the same as that of the water in the well. The further the lift, the lower the delivery rate; the lower the delivery rate, the less back pressure on the flow detector 30-PSI gauge.

By setting the backpressure at 6 PSI, you now have an index point. If, after a few days, the pressure on this gage is significantly lower, this means that you are trying to get more water than the well is producing. Consider changing the timing cycles to take less water per unit of time or increase the time between pump starts.

Once you have come to an accommodation with your aquifer, you will find that the backpressure on the gauge may actually climb, or at least stay where you put it.

If you set up your WM during a dry time (July or August), you may find that the pressure on this gauge is higher in the spring, indicating that the aquifer water level has risen. This gauge will tell you a lot about the water level in your well, and even warn you when the well yield is diminishing, as long as you check it on a regular basis, allowing you to avoid a situation in which you have no water.

A Well Manager® also self-adjusts to some extent when a well begins to operate in a more full condition. If the water level in the well rises due to the change in water harvesting method, the Well Manager® will collect a little more water during each collection cycle because the well pump delivers more gallons per minute as the lift is reduced. More gallons per minute for the same duration means more water collected during that cycle. If increased static level produces a slightly higher yield, the Well Manager® will collect more water per day.  This is a phenomenon that has been observed in many wells.

What if a Running Toilet Empties My Well Manager® Tank?

Sometimes we lose control on the use end of the water system for well water; a hose or sprinkler is left on and forgotten, or a toilet runs and we do not notice until suddenly we have no water. If that happens, you do not need to call a plumber; it takes only a few minutes to restore service when you have a Well Manager®. Because the Well Manager® collects only well yield, the water level in the well is near the static level all the time. If your Well Manager® is properly adjusted and someone inadvertently empties the well water storage tank, the well is still full*. All you need do is go to the Well Manager® control panel door and turn the H-O-A (Hand – Off – Auto) switch to Hand, and the well pump will start pumping water stored in the well into your water storage tank for your well system. Once you have enough water in the Well Manager® to function, you can return the H-O-A switch to Auto and go about your business.

Every Well Manager has a Delivery Pump Inside of the Storage Tank

Well Managers with the letters LPC in the model number have an end suction submersible pump installed inside the water storage tank for your well. Systems without those letters in the model number come with a submersible well pump installed in a PumpChamber™ installed in the storage tank for your well water. These arrangements allow us to use all but 4″ of the water stored in the WM tank. This, along with the regular collection cycles, is why a Well Manager can supply a family of 4 with adequate water using only 160 gallons of storage using wells with a yield as poor as one quart per minute – about ½ the storage required by job built systems. Less storage means more frequent turnover, and that means cooler water and a more sanitary system.  For more information on PumpChamber™, click here.

Well Manager Systems are now available with filtered air vents.

The 210 model Well Manager® now comes with a 35 micron filter on the tank air vent to keep airborne contaminants from getting into your water. This filter is many times finer than the vent screens in your well cap, which provides owners with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their water supply is protected.

How does this system differ from job built and cistern systems?

We encourage you to read our FAQs for more information on how our low yield and low pressure water well solution and backup water system differs from seemingly comparable water storage systems. For more information on how you can improve your well water performance without hiring a plumber or well drillers, contact us today. Our low flow and low yield water well solutions will reliably improve well water performance in a variety of contexts.

*The amount of water stored in the well will depend on the well’s diameter and the height to which it normally fills.

Well Manager® 210CPV

Great Performance From Unbelievably Poor Wells In Less Space than a Side by Side Refrigerator, only 73″ high.

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      • Complete self contained Well Management System use on wells that produce as little as 1/10th gpm
      • Easy to install slide into place, pipe inlet, outlet, make wiring connections and it turn on
      • Provide Consistent Pressure every bit as impressive as city water
      • Remarkably Quiet
      • Rectangular Storage Tanks of PE resin meeting FDA regulation 21 CFR 177.1520 © 3.1 & 3.2, extra heavy walled tanks can be fitted out for use in any orientation
      • Sizes to fit through a 24” door with with metal support frame removed.
      • Tanks come with everything installed on them:
        • Well Manager UL Listed control panel for 1 or 2 wells built to industrial standards and installed on the tank – end or side mount available depending on tank
        • All penetrations water tight
        • Low water cut off protects PumpChamber
        • Everything can be unbolted from tank
        • Tank level controls pass NSF 61 Potable Water
        • Pipe & Fittings NSF 61
        • Delivery Pump sized to your need in our patented PumpChamber™ mounted vertically inside tank – all but 4” of stored water usable
        • Vibration isolation mounting for PumpChamber
        • Automatic Air Eliminator for PumpChamber
        • Overfill Shutoff with manual reset stops overflows
        • Union connections (1”) at inlet & outlet

Well Manager® 210CPH

When you have limited ceiling height this system provides big performance in a small space. Only 49″ high, it will fit where others won’t.

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    • Systems with 115 volt pressure pump: one 230V 20 amp circuit, one 15 amp 115V circuit
    • Systems with 230V pressure pump: two 230V 20 Amp circuit, one 115 V 15 amp circuit
    • Patented in the US & Canada
    • Will fit in 39” high crawl space
    • Complete self contained Well Management System use on wells that produce as little as 1/10th gpm
    • Easy to install slide into place, pipe inlet, outlet, make wiring connections and it turn on
    • Expand storage easily by connecting additional tanks only 26.5” high
    • Provide Consistent Pressure every bit as impressive as city water
    • Remarkably Quiet
    • Rectangular Storage Tanks of PE resin meeting FDA regulation 21 CFR 177.1520 © 3.1 & 3.2, extra heavy walled tanks made to last
    • Tanks come with everything installed on them:
      • Well Manager UL Listed control panel for 1 or 2 wells built to industrial standards installed on the tank – end or side mount available
      • All penetrations water tight
      • Low water cut off protects pressure pump
      • Flow Detector protects well pump
      • Timing control protects well from overpumping
      • Everything can be unbolted from tank
      • Tank level controls pass NSF 61 Potable Water
      • Pipe & Fittings NSF 61
      • StaRite 10 gpm pump with 5 yr warranty provides great pressure
      • 230V pumps draw 5.5 amps; 115 volt units draw 11.0 amps
      • All but 3” of stored water usable
      • Overfill Shutoff with manual reset stops overflows
      • 1” inlet & outlet
    • All field wiring connections by wire nut in one box
    • Service or replace pump without draining tank
    • Installation, set up and maintenance Manual
    • Many options – Radon, odor removal see back

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Well Manager® 210CPLH

Amazing Performance from unbelievably poor wells. When height is a problem: only 38″ high.

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    • Patented in the US & Canada
    • Will fit in 39” high crawl space
    • Complete self contained Well Management System use on wells that produce as little as 1/10th gpm
    • Easy to install slide into place, pipe inlet, outlet, make wiring connections and it turn on
    • Expand storage easily by connecting additional tanks only 26.5” high
    • Provide Consistent Pressure every bit as impressive as city water
    • Remarkably Quiet
    • Rectangular Storage Tanks of PE resin meeting FDA regulation 21 CFR 177.1520 © 3.1 & 3.2, extra heavy walled tanks made to last
    • Tanks come with everything installed on them:
      • Well Manager UL Listed control panel for 1 or 2 wells built to industrial standards installed on the tank – end or side mount available
      • All penetrations water tight
      • Low water cut off protects pressure pump
      • Flow Detector protects well pump
      • Timing control protects well from overpumping
      • Everything can be unbolted from tank
      • Tank level controls pass NSF 61 Potable Water
      • Pipe & Fittings NSF 61
      • StaRite 10 gpm pump with 5 yr warranty provides great pressure
      • 230V pumps draw 5.5 amps; 115 volt units draw 11.0 amps
      • All but 3” of stored water usable
      • Overfill Shutoff with manual reset stops overflows
      • 1” inlet & outlet
    • All field wiring connections by wire nut in one box
    • Service or replace pump without draining tank
    • Installation, set up and maintenance Manual
    • Many options -Radon, odor removal see back

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  • Get a quote