9 Comments to “Why I’ll Never Buy Another Gould’s BF30 Pump Controller or …”

  1. Christie

    Mar 28th, 2011

    Oh, the water woes my Mom went through on the farm before she sold it. A surface well that had supplied plenty of good water for years went dry, so she had another surface well dug that did the trick for a while longer, but then that one went dry (ground water table getting lower and lower and lower…). She wanted to sell the farm, but like you said, noone is going to buy 70 acres without a proven source of water on it, are they? So she bit the bullet and got the well drillers in. 200 (250?) or so feet into it, there was still nothing, and you know they charge by the yard drilled. So far, she had a $10,000 dry hole. Fortunately, the well driller guys took pity on her and said that the muck they were bringing up was wet and they figured if they went a little more they’d hit something. The guy said he’d only charge her for the extra drilled if they actually hit water. It was about 50 feet later they hit a gusher, much to her relief (she had been hauling water for 3 months at that point and was about ready to check herself into the loony bin).

    Wells are going dry all over the valley, it seems, and, as you say, people need to think carefully about their water use. That’s why at her new place in town she went with drought resistant landscaping (when she finally DID some landscaping… :-) ) instead of the thirsty lawns all her neighbors have. She says some people commented that it looks like a gravel heap, but her drought resistant plants and shrubs are taking hold year by year and providing a little green while using very little water and being low maintenance to boot. I guess water supplies in Barriere are rather fragile, but even in the driest times when town council has to restrict water use (for lawn watering, etc.) people will sneak out at night and douse their lawns like crazy. I’m not sure what it will take for people to shake the old habits…

  2. Ken

    Mar 28th, 2011

    They blamed electricity grid “line noise”? Really? Shouldn’t a controller be robust enough to handle a bit of voltage fluctuation? Shouldn’t it be designed for real-world conditions?

  3. Chris

    Mar 29th, 2011

    Ken,

    To be totally clear the company selling the controller feels that something was wrong with the line voltage being supplied to the unit. Some suggested potential problems were: lightning strikes, downed trees on the BC hydro lines, voltage spikes and ‘noise’ on the BC Hydro lines.

    I asked the obvious question … why are none of my other sensitive electronic devices (computers, digital thermostat, digital piano …) also left on all of the time experiencing problems? There was no real answer to this, but the company was also not prepared to replace the unit under warranty.

  4. Kim

    Nov 16th, 2011

    Just curious… Did I miss something at some point? Is there a reason you didn’t want to rely on rainwater for everything? Do you not get enough rain over the year? I thought the earthships had a system for making sure rainwater was good for drinking. In New Zealand, I know they drink rainwater with very minimal treatment.
    Thanks, love the blog!

  5. Anonymous

    Nov 16th, 2011

    Two reasons …

    The first is simply that the well pre-dates the earthship and is also used for the business on this site. Given that this system already exists (and in fact the water line passes through the floor space of the earthship) we saw no good reason not to hook it up. This means that when finished we will have two distinct water systems; the well and the roof catchment.

    The second reason is the building code and convention. We are building under a permit and the well is covered by existing regulations, a water catchment system is not … having well water simplifies the regulatory process in that you are not having to approve a non-standard potable water system.

  6. Chris

    Nov 16th, 2011

    Two reasons …

    The first is simply that the well pre-dates the earthship and is also used for the business on this site. Given that this system already exists (and in fact the water line passes through the floor space of the earthship) we saw no good reason not to hook it up. This means that when finished we will have two distinct water systems; the well and the roof catchment.

    The second reason is the building code and convention. We are building under a permit and the well is covered by existing regulations, a water catchment system is not … having well water simplifies the regulatory process in that you are not having to approve a non-standard potable water system.

    Chris

  7. James Stout

    Aug 9th, 2013

    Question. Have you found a replacement controller or method to pump your water? My BF30 controller just went out and the repair place wants $2400 to replace. Looking for better options.

  8. Chris

    Aug 14th, 2013

    We replaced the BF30 controller and 3 phase pump with a single phase 1/2 hp pump. Our needs had changed … we no longer absolutely required the capacity provided by the 3 phase pup and I had the 1/2 hp pump and associated controller from a previous well … I did not want to fix the BF30 only to have it fail again in a couple of months.

  9. HOWARD HUGHES

    Mar 19th, 2014

    I HAVE A BF30 GOULD SUB MERS PUMP CONTROL FOR 6 YEARS.I CHANGE 260.00 TRANSDUCER AND WATER IN HOLDING TANK STILL EMPTYS EVERY 2 DAYS.I HAVE TO GO TO TOP OF TANK AND SHAKE THE 3RD FLO
    SWITCH ABOUT 5 TIMES TO START WATER PUMP IN GROUND.THE CO THAT PT IT IN IS CONFUSE AS TO WHAT TO DUE NEXT,BUT WANTS ME TO BUY ANOTHER CONTROLER.I KNOW THE WATER HERE IN SIMI VALLEY CA HAS A LOT OF CALCIUM IN IT. ,BUT I AM LOSS AS TO WHAT TO DO NEXT BESIDE REPLACING ALL OF THE CONTROLS.
    BUT FOR SURE GOULD BF30 PRODUCTS IS NOT FOR ME


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