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Shallow Well Hand Pumps

Today, a water well hand pump can be as useful as it was before electric pumps were invented, especially when the power grid fails.  Water can be pumped to the surface under human power for cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking and gardening.  The cost of manual water pumps depends on how […]

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UPDATE: This pump in northern California yields an incredible 2 gallons of water per stroke. Also, if needed for an emergency (like a fire), 54 – 56 gallons per minute can be pumped. We fitted the pump with a 6” diameter cylinder and 4” drop pipe, an unheard of application for a deep-well hand water pump.

Hand Water Pump Yields 2 Gallons of Water Per Stroke 2

We recently installed our first community Waterbuck Pump with exciting results. This pump for a northern California community yields an incredible 2 gallons of water per stroke.    Also, if needed for an emergency (like a fire), 54 – 56 gallons per minute can be pumped.   We fitted the pump with […]


Rainwater is Best Laundry Aid 1

Back when every home had a rain barrel stationed below the rainspout, our grandmothers knew rainwater was a must for washing hair. Grandma probably even knew why water falling from the sky felt better than that pumped from the ground. Admittedly, I didn’t know the benefits of cleaning with rainwater […]

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Off-Grid Laundry Made Easy

Having clean laundry was my greatest off-grid obstacle until I discovered two secrets – washing with rainwater and a hand-crank wringer. During long-term power outages before we transitioned off-grid, I washed clothes by hand.  It was not terribly difficult, but I was never thrilled with the results. I haven’t used an electric […]


True Community Hand Water Pump for California

This spring, Well WaterBoy Products will install a first-of-its-kind high-volume community hand water pump. Recently, a church in northern California contacted us for its congregation’s emergency water needs.  They chose the WaterBuck Pump because of its ability to pump volumes of water under human power. The church had an 8” well drilled specifically […]

Community hand water pump

Sewing and Quilting the Old Way with Glad Rags 2

Ripping apart old clothing and other rags to remake into useful items takes more time than purchasing new fabric, but the rewards – reducing landfill overload, reviving an old-fashioned skill, conserving a treasured memento and saving money – are worth the extra trouble. My mother never visited a fabric store […]

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Testing the Solar Pump Jack

We are adding another unique machine to our self-reliance products, a solar pump jack. It is still undergoing testing and we are very excited about it’s performance. We will be offering it soon with a WaterBuck Pump. See our short video of the solar pump jack in operation below. Look, no hands! […]


Solar Powered WaterBuck Pump

Some customers asked us to make the pump an even better backup water supply system.  “Add a solar powered option with the WaterBuck Pump,” they said.  So we did, we put a motor on it. We are now testing the first solar powered pump jack for the WaterBuck. Stay tuned […]

Solar Powered WaterBuck Pump

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DIY Sand Point Water Well in a Day

For anyone lucky enough to have a shallow water table without bedrock, a do-it-yourself driven well saves thousands of dollars compared to drilling a bored well. Under ideal conditions, a well can be driven in a few hours and fitted with a pitcher pump, creating an uncomplicated, inexpensive backup or […]