The town of Lakeport is set on the shores of Clear Lake and among the beautiful Coastal Ranges of Northern California. Clear Lake is the largest, natural freshwater lake in California with approximately 68 square miles of surface area.
As the population has increased, so has the demand for water for domestic and agriculture consumption. Water quality is very dynamic and this can change from area to area, from farm to farm.
In our case, a farmer, living on top of a hill overlooking the lake farming walnuts, olives and grapes, was pumping water from a depth of 750ft.
He needed water for his orchards and domestic needs and used Solar Energy to pump from these depths. The problem he has is that the water is very aggressive, corroding steel pipes after less than 2 years. He therefore has to call a contractor on a regular basis to remove the pump and pipe, replace the damaged and corroded sections and to then replace the pump.
This is a costly and time-consuming business. In the photos, one can see the work involved in removing steel sections.
Removing rigid pipe
In the first photo, the rigid pipe is lifted vertically in sections and clamped above the well. A pipe wrench is then used to break the seal on the pipe, which is then unscrewed.
…and still removing rigid pipe
The pipe is then lifted away from the well and laid on the ground. This process is repeated for every section of pipe that has to be removed.
1000ft x 2” Boreline on spool
Here we see a 1000ft length of Boreline hose. In the foreground is the simple rolling wheel frame over which the Boreline will be rolled during installation. The Boreline is being used to replace the steel pipe.
Boreline has a 10 Year Warranty but a life expectancy of many more years. Another major advantage of Boreline is the ease and speed with which it can be installed.
Laying out Boreline and connecting power cable
The Boreline is laid along the ground and cut to the desired length. The power cable is laid next to the Boreline and then attached to the hose with the Cable Straps provided. The Boreline is used to support the weight of the pump, hose and cable along the entire length.
Boreline Installation almost complete
The pump is lowered into the well using the pick-up truck. The video clip shows the hose rolling over the wheel and down into the well. Boreline is available as a continuous length therefore it can take a matter of minutes to install the entire length.
The truck approaches the well and the Boreline is clamped at the well and then untied from the truck.
Last section lowered into well
The pump and pipe are lowered into the well. The base plate is left to rest on the casing at the surface.
Pump in operation
The electrical cables are connected and the pump is operating.