If you will be watering your system manually with a handheld hose or manual sprinkler, your well pump will not need to be more than ½ horsepower.  The pump should have an integrated bladder tank to minimize pump cycling.  We have had good results from the BUR CAM Shallow Well Jet pump with the 6.6 US gallon tank, $290.  If you will be using an automatic sprinkler system, the requirements vary based on your system configuration and preferences. You could use the pump stated above or need a more powerful pump. We would be happy to advise you and your plumber but we would need additional information on your sprinkler system. If you have higher flow needs, you may need to use a 1 HP shallow well pump. A good cast iron pump is the Simer 2210C, that can be purchased for approximately $280. Regardless of which pump you choose, you will need a 20 A circuit on the electrical outlet near your sump pit.

You just need one controller.  Our home has two sump pumps as well. We have one pump turned off/unplugged.  The other sump pump is connected to a Woda-Sci system. If we had the second sump pump on in this situation, the other sump pump would drain all the water out that we want to use.

Excess water is handled just as it was handled before your Woda-Sci system was installed. The connection to your storm sewer or drainage ditch is not altered when you install a Woda-Sci system. In our situation, we have so much water that we cannot use all that flows thru it in a day. We estimate we have between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons flowing thru our home foundation drainage system every day. The sump pump water that cannot be used is pumped out of the house just like before we installed the system. Our neighborhood has drainage ditches along the side of the road that the excess water is pumped into. Eventually, the water in these drainage ditches goes into a nearby lake.

No, you water your lawn just like you always have done.  Excess water is handled just as it was handled before your Woda-Sci system was installed. The connection to your storm sewer or drainage ditch is not altered when you install a Woda-Sci system. In our situation, we have so much water that we cannot use all that flows thru it in a day. We estimate we have between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons flowing thru our home foundation drainage system every day. The sump pump water that cannot be used is pumped out of the house just like before we installed the system. Our neighborhood has drainage ditches along the side of the road that the excess water is pumped into. Eventually, the water in these drainage ditches goes into a nearby lake.

If you had a connection to a municipal water system prior to installing a Woda-Sci system, there is no reason to do away with the connection.  Your plumber can configure your pipes with a manual lever to turn off the sump pump water and switch back to municipal water. If your home foundation drainage system does not have enough water for a period, you can turn off or disconnect the Woda-Sci controller and plug your sump pump directly into a wall outlet. Then turn the lever to allow municipal water back into your home.

The sprinkler water does not need water purification. The plumber can run pipes directly from the well pump that draws water out of the sump crock to the outlet that supplies water to the sprinkler system. Additional separate pipes can be run to go to the purification system that can then supply water for the remainder of your household needs, including drinking. You can have both water supplied to your home thru a purification system as well as the sprinkler system activated at the same time in the summer.

You do not need a lot of water quality testing. You can send a sample to a lab in your area to see what it contains before you make any decisions. Realize that a water purification system works like a municipal system and can clean contaminants quite well. A good purification company should send samples of the water in your sump pit to a water testing laboratory, or provide the testing themselves. The information that is received from the lab will guide them on how they should configure a system for your home. After the system is set up it should be tested again. After that time, testing does not have to be done often if the system is properly maintained. We have not tested our water in over two years.  We have an alarm that will go on if our ultraviolet light ever stops working. The ultraviolet light kills any bacteria in the water so we need to make sure that is working.

Water purification systems can vary in their configuration so please ask the company that installs your system for directions on what you will need to maintain. Our water purification company comes to our house once a year to maintain the system, changing the ultraviolet light and reverse osmosis filters. We put salt in our water softener as needed, but there are also salt-less water softening systems available. We also must change or clean a paper filter when it gets dirty.

Our installation does not require any access to things buried in your concrete, so there is nothing that needs to be dug up.

Unfinished basements are usually easier. The difficulty of installation will depend on many things.  First, the distance between the location of your sump pit and the pipes your plumber must connect to.  Second, how your basement ceiling was finished.  Most water pipes in houses with basements are run in the basement ceiling and not buried in the concrete.  If you have a drop down ceiling the tiles can be temporarily removed and the new pipes installed.  Obviously, if your basement ceiling is drywalled there will be more effort involved.

What we have developed and sell is the controller interface and required sensors.  The controller is a tan box about the size of a shoebox with a square interface on it which is mounted on the wall. We also include a water level sensor assembly that will be installed suspended in the sump pit next to the sump pump. The controller constantly reads the water level sensors and controls the sump pump and well pump. The controller is connected to your automatic sprinkler system and acts just like your current interface. You can choose what stations to water, when, and for how long. However, since you do not have an unlimited supply of municipal water, but are using ground water flowing into your tiles and sump, it has calculations to determine when to shut off your sump pump to accumulate the water you will need. During watering if you use up all your water it will stop the sprinklers and wait until you have enough water before turning them on again to complete your watering cycle.

No, MEC Systems/Woda-Sci does not do the installation.  A handy person can install the Woda-Sci system for sprinkler use by themselves. The directions are on the website and a YouTube video should be available soon.  If you are not handy, you will need the assistance of a plumber and possibly an electrician since the product requires a 20amp circuit.  If you are planning on using the home water application as well, you will need the assistance of a water purification company.  Any of these providers can call our company or access the directions on our website for assistance.

You can install the system at any time. All installation activity would be inside your home and therefore not contingent on the season.

The home water application also requires a well pump. (See well pump information above). In addition, you will need a bladder tank to minimize pump cycling and a properly configured home water purification system.  Please contact a reputable water purification company in your area.  Direct them to www.wodasci.com for on line directions.

You can still use our system.  You may have to water half your lawn one day and the other half the next day.

If you will be using an automatic sprinkler system, the requirements vary based on your system configuration and preferences.  We would be happy to advise you and your plumber but we would need additional information on your sprinkler system. If you have higher flow needs, you may need to use a 1 HP shallow well pump. A good cast iron pump is the Simer 2210C, that can be purchased for approximately $280. You will need a 20 A circuit on the electrical outlet near your sump pit.

Yes, your water purification company expert can have your ground water tested and configure a system to meet your needs.  There are many companies in the market and configurations and capabilities vary.  Choose a company that regularly helps people with well water to ensure they have the components necessary.

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