Homesteading with a Shipping Container, Part 9: Installing the Simple Pump

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Elysian Fields Project & Shipping Container Homestead

Water is one of the most strategic preps that one can have should the grid go down or we find ourselves caught in the middle of a disaster. All other preparedness plans fail without it, and even if you stock bottled water or have spare filters, if it is a prolonged emergency, eventually you will run out.

That’s where a water pump comes into play. For those with land or a retreat, even a water well in your backyard, if you are relying on electric or motorized pumps to fill your needs, have you developed an alternative energy plan? Do you have a back-up plan when those solar panels get damaged or your batteries are dead?

I believe in having a back-up for my back-ups, and when assessing my water situation at the Elysian Fields Project, I decided to cut out the middle man and install a manual water pump as my primary plan.

Should we encounter a prolonged grid-down event, or EMP, this pump will continue delivering water as long as I can pump the handle! The Simple Pump can also be motorized with an easy to attach 12v motor in order to take advantage of alternative power supplies, such as solar and wind!

Out at the Elysian Fields Project, there is a large creek that runs through the middle of the land, along with a pond nearby and is snuggled in the midst of a valley. Should my manual water pump fail for some reason, not only can I still obtain water from my roof collection barrels, but I have abundant natural resources at my disposal. As a final means to acquire water, I can also use a PVC “pipe-bucket” and drop it down the water well with some 550 cord attached and retrieve smaller amounts the very old fashioned way!

wellpump2When devising a plan for a retreat, weekend cabin, or your homestead, I urge you to place heavy emphasis on investing in a quality pump. You do the same for firearms, cars, food, and other items; why not research and seek out a durable, dependable means to sustain you with water?

The Simple Pump features CNC machined stainless steel parts, along with aircraft-grade aluminum well caps machined from billet instead of the typical casting process.

It can pull water from well depths of 350 feet, along with pumping into a pressure tank! These pumps can generate up to 100 psi, which can be mitigated with a simple check valve and pressure gauge when used for typical household water needs but comes in handy when moving water over long distances, pushing it into a pressure tank, or dumping into a water storage tank.

With a 50 year warranty, and super easy maintenance, this investment will be pumping water long after I’m gone.

For more information, I urge you to contact a good friend of mine, Mark Smith, who is an authorized dealer of Simple Pumps. He’ll get you squared away with a quote, details, and more!  You can find him at his website, Southern Plains Consulting.

Kevin Hayden is a former New Orleans police officer-turned-truth seeker.  He endured Hurricane Katrina’s chaos and societal collapse in the days following and after 5 years in New Orleans, moved to Oklahoma.  Kevin currently runs and works on local politics and education about our monetary, food, and foreign policies while building an off-grid shipping container homestead and helping people become prepared.  He can be contacted directly at

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  • terry

    Hi I love your story and the building site you picked, very nice. I can’t wait to read the next update, part ten. I am searching for a 40 foot shipping container to bury in the ground, my email is lotuspodsixth@Yahoo dot c o m. I live ten miles from Vinita OK. Thanks