You are assuming that they don't have any way to keep the pump primed. As far as not having enough power to do that's balderdash.No surface pump exsists that that can pull water from below 33 feet it is an impossibility. (general depth limit is considered to be between 25 -29 feet but other facters may weigh in such as atmospheric pressure at the site amoungst others, temprature, specific water density etc..)
You are right.Well Chip
I am not assuming anything, you sir are assuming that I do not know what I state.....It Sir is an irrefutable Fact, it is IMPOSSIBLE to pump (pull) water up from 33 feet or below on the planet earth under natural atmospheric conditions. At about 25 feet or below there is a serious decrease in return or flow achieved for the efforts exerted to rise the water to the surface.
ANYBODY that states differently does not know what they are talking about.
But you can push water as high and as far as one wants only limited by available H.P.
Why in earth do you think submersible well pumps were developed?????
Why do you think Hand Well Pumps for use below 20 feet use a sucker rod?
The elusive answer is to push the water up because it is impossible to pull it up via suction below 33', as stated before the general limit is considered to be 25 - 29 feet, at 25 feet the difficulties begin to increase.
If you try to pull on water in a well through a tube or pipe that is at 33 feet, the water will not, will not rise to the top, it will however begin to bubble and toil and laugh at your foolish efforts.
never assume, try learning something..........