I have some land and a camper, I have been hauling in water which is a pain. I do have a shallow well that is about 25 feet down into the ground. I have a pump, so I am curious if I need the pressure tank or I can run it without it? The only thing I would use it for is to fill a basin I use to fill my camper for shower water. So I would run it, fill the 2500 gallon basin and then shut it off, I would only need to do this a couple times a year.

  • You could use a shallow well pump and just turn it on and off as needed. Of course use a backflow preventer.
    – RMDman
    Commented Apr 23 at 0:21
  • Do keep in mind that shallow well water may need extra...help to deal with contamination Commented Apr 23 at 1:23

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That seems fine, you only need a pressure tank when your pump is operated using a pressure switch.

If it is operated manually or using a float switch there's no need for a pressure tank.

  • We all know what happens when something like is operated manually all the time.
    – crip659
    Commented Apr 23 at 13:50
  • If it's only being done twice a year, manual is probably ok. but if more often there will be an incentive to install a (water level operated) float switch on the cistern
    – Jasen
    Commented Apr 24 at 3:54

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