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    Hello All, WE are on a county water supply and the PRESSURE is only 20 lbs. How can we increase that to a more usable level?. There is an old tank near the system (part of an old wood burning/ water pumping system). The input to this tank has a guage reading 20-25psi that falls when we turn on the water.It rises and falls with water usage. The valve after the guage is turned off.The output of the tank goes nowhere. Question now is . Can I loop my county feed through this old (it looks like a bladder tank) and increase our water pressure by adjusting the settings on the "Square D" relay on the side of the same tank?... WE REALLY NEED MORE PRESSURE! I'll check back later today. Any suggestions. Thanks, underpressured in Kentucky. PS The tank is an F E Myers, 42 gallon galvanized. no pump in sight..Is this enough information? Thanks

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    I believe that's enough info.

    I believe you had a submersible pump which may still be in the well. The tank (even though I sell Myers) is not the best brand on the market, and is probably waterlogged.

    Using that tank waterlogged or not will not increase your pressure.
    You will need a booster pump and either a tank or flo switch.

    A 1/2hp jet pump will do wonders for your pressure.

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    But underpressured did say he was on County water.

    So underpressured. Do you have a well system or municipal supply?

    If well find out depth, diameter, pump make and HP, water level, productivity and quality issues. Also info regarding supply line material, legth and diameter.

    Does the tank feel top heavy when a gentle nudge is applied?

    David

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    David, Thanks for your quick response. I am on the county water supply and am 2000 feet from the road. It's aprox a 30' grade uphill to the house. there was a swimming pool system and a wood fired heating system with a heat pump on the place some years ago. they both are gone but some of the pipes and the old tank (Myers) are still here. So any suggestions based on the grade and county supply? Looks like 1" black plastic pipe coming into the house.

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    What is the hight differential between the road and your house?

    You have the following options:

    1) Boost the incoming pressure in-line with a booster pump system (jet pump + pressure tank + controls).

    2) Use the swimming pool as a cistern (will need to cover it with a concrete slab), and re-pressurize with a shallow well jet pump + tank + controls.

    The latter is more expensive, will take a couple of weeks to complete, might require a concrete contractor or masson, but you will have an ample water reservoir (a pool usually has 10,000 to 20,000 Gals.).

    David

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