Chipfixer made this comment in post #779 of this thread, http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/general-survival/3805-so-what-did-you-put-away-week-52.html, "A note about water. What if...during a meltdown there were no electricity. Some would say 'I have a generator'. But what if gas were a problem? The solution--a Well Bucket. Drop it down a well and pull up the clean water.” Evidently they’re easy enough to make and will work for wells at depths in excess of 400’, “On the well bucket, they are pretty easy to make, just get a chunk of PVC in a size that will go down the well along side the plumbing and put a check vualve on the bottom end that lets the water flow up but not down then use some 1/4" cable and clamps tp put a bail on it and your good to go. Just make sure its to big to go past the pump or put a cone shaped filter on top so you dont get hung up on the pump at the bottom of the well.” But… what about a long term solution? A member named slots made this post #424 in the same thread, http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/general-survival/3805-so-what-did-you-put-away-week-29.html, “After many years of thinking about it, I finally took the plunge and bought myself a 40 watt solar panel and 110ah battery. Its the most I could afford.” We’re in the same boat as slots. If we go the solar route, we will have to do it piecemeal. Our well is over 500’ deep. I don’t recall what hp our well pump is but it was greater than what most folk have…probably because of the depth of the well. Our well pump is newer too since our 300' well went dry a couple years ago and the pump fried out….. during a 500 year drought that occurred shortly after a brand spanking new Peaker power plant became fully operational less than 5 miles away from us. Would the experts here please help educate me on how to go about choosing an “affordable” solar system for just our well pump that might “bail” me out in a pinch?