I have lived in my hose for 9 years now. I have pulled up ( and dug up) my water well line about 6 times now. Reason why is my water pump will run all the time. After the first couple of times, we replaced all the piping and the foot valve. It was fine for about a year. Pump started to run again, found a different foot valve to use, that lasted maybe another year. We did this again late last summer, it lasted a few months. We pulled it up again 2 weeks ago, cleaned the foot valve put it back in, and it was fine for 2 weeks. The foot valve had a very very tiny spec of dirt in it which was causing it not to seal. We pulled it up again yesterday, cleaned the foot valve, put a very fine mesh screen around the foot valve to try and keep the dirt out of it better, that lasted about 4 hours. We really don't know what else to do with this. I know we need a submersible pump but a) those are expensive for us, b) we have a 3" well pipe, which means we need a 2 or 2 1/2 inch pump which are very hard to find it seems. So have any of you been through something like this? We are trying to find another foot valve that might be more "forgiving", if you will, if it gets a tiny spec of dirt in it. The pump is eating alive with the electric use. Any ideas?