Water Pumping Options

Regardless of where your water comes from, you will need a delivery system to bring it to your taps.

Electric Pumps

Electric pumps are the standard. In either a submersible or non-submersible form, an electric pump will pull water from the source and push it into your house. Piston pumps use less power than jet pumps. Many pump options are available, including models designed for renewable energy power systems.

Wind Pumps

It takes much less wind speed to pump water than to generate electricity, making wind pumps a suitable option in many regions. Because they will move water only when there is wind, such systems require a storage tank for calm periods.

Hand or Foot Pumps

If your well or reservoir is close to the house and is not overly deep, a hand or foot pump is quite viable. Manual pumps can be used to supply water on demand or to fill raised tanks for gravity feed systems. Old-fashioned hand pumps are often easy to find and inexpensive to restore to working condition. Modern hand pumps and foot pumps are more efficient, though similar in design.

Gas Pumps

A noisy, inconvenient solution, gas pumps move large quantities of water very quickly. If you have to move water a great distance or have no access to electricity or wind, gas pumps can be used to fill reservoir tanks.

Ram Pumps

These pumps use no external power once installed. Instead, momentum from falling water (in a pipe) is used to pump water higher than the distance it fell. These are great if a stream is nearby.

Gravity Feed Systems

Gravity feed from raised storage allows you to pump water when it's convenient — by hand, or with wind, electric, and gas pumps — and provides quiet distribution on demand. Raised water storage can be created inside or outside your house. Interior storage requires additional planning for weight loads and the installation of trustworthy tanks. Exterior storage requires protection from freezing.

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