I’m going to address this to you since we are both in Florida (I’m in Pensacola).

First a little background. My house was built in 1961 and I purchased it 18 years ago. It had a well with a Craftsman centrifugal pump (unknown HP or GPM) that was used for a sprinkler system. The pump is now gone and the sprinkler system has been disconnected. The well still exist and is in good condition as far as I can tell.

I want to install a pump and tank to supply the house in case I lose water again during a hurricane. The well is 2” PVC and down 32’. Static water level is at 14’ down. The well is located 2’ from the house. I have one bath, kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, hot water heater, and 3 hose bibs. I am the only occupant. I also have a 13 KW home stand by generator located 5’ from the well. This will be used to power the pump in case of a power outage. The pump will only be used in a temporary emergency situation.

1. My local supplier recommended a Sta-Rite ½ HP, shallow well jet pump, model SNCP15H with a 19 gallon tank. However, it sounded like he was guessing at it vs. giving a professional recommendation. Does this sound correct to you? What would you recommend and what brand? I have also looked at the Myers Water Ace which is carried by Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

2. Will I be able to connect the 2” PVC directly to the intake of the jet pump by using a 1 ¼” reducer and a check valve, or will I have to drop a smaller line with a foot valve into the well and use a well seal?

3. After having my septic tank drain field replaced, the well is now too close to meet current code so I don’t plan on drinking this water. However, I am considering some type of whole house filtering system. Also, how and where can I have a sample tested to see if is safe to drink. I tasted it when I first moved in and it tasted better than what comes in from the street.

This is a very informative and professional forum, not like some I have read. Keep up the good work and thanks for your help.