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#125863 - 01/23/04 12:17 PM Illegal and hazardous pump equipment!
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
Please comment on these photos:

Submitted by Luba Severinovsky, P.E.

I've found this installation of "pump equipment" in small homeowner Association at Lake George, New York. Pictures taken from Association dock/beach area.

photo 1: the exposed wiring can be seen on the bottom of the Lake (this is a feeder to a submersible pump that provides water to 10 houses located uphill from the Lake)

photo 2: wiring rises from water and run exposed on the ground

photo 3: wiring is taped with duct tape to water pipe and in this manner runs approximately 100 yards to the point of power origination (regular not GFCI type breaker)
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#125864 - 01/23/04 12:19 PM Re: Illegal and hazardous pump equipment!
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
the rest of the story:

Pump is 1 HP, 3 ph, 230 volt

water pipe and wires going down hill to the lake

water pipe with insulation and wires to pump going into "pump house"

pump controller cover removed

"pump house" door open

from meter to "pump house"

service from utility pole to meter
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#125865 - 01/24/04 03:13 AM Re: Illegal and hazardous pump equipment!
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
It's really quite amazing what some people deem acceptable for outdoor wiring around water.

#125866 - 01/24/04 05:30 AM Re: Illegal and hazardous pump equipment!
PCBelarge Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 657
Loc: Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
Most likely filing and licensing is not required in the area, or maybe it was left exposed for easy inspection for the inspector
Pure water is not a good conductor.

Did you notice the groundrod? it is installed so you do not need to bend down and install the acorn .

What is good for future work is that there is a ton of this type of work to be replaced for future electricians.

Pierre Belarge


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