Mt. Wilson Well

 
A few pictures of replacing pipe and pump in an old pump house.  This pump is the lower of two pumps that supply the domestic water for the observatory.  Water from this well is pumped part way up the hill to a second well.  From there it is pumped on up the rest of the way to a large poured concrete storage tank.  These pictures were taken during late 2002 when a failed pump had to be replaced.

There are large pictures lurking behind the thumbnails
 
 

Pump house.  The well is a little over 50 feet deep. Old pump parts
Break in old pump housing Chain falls for lifting and lowering pump casing
New support for chain falls New pipe being lowered
Victor installing some of new plumbing system More of new system
Where the water comes out of the ground Joe and Sean doing some wiring

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