We’ve gone-pretty quickly, too- from a world where well drilling sites were the most critical choice in township planning, to one where we expect to turn on a tap and magically access water from far away. Electric pumps and the ability to drill deep, reliable wells has literally changed the world. However, there’s been a recent upturn in interest of returning to older hand well pumps. Below, we get the nitty-gritty on these modern ancestors of a very ancient design.
What are the basic categories of hand well pump?
There’s a few different styles of hand well pump for you to consider for your well. Emergency backup, general use and High-volume are the three most cited categories people use to determine which would be the best pump for your needs. Power outages and storm damage can make having a non-electrical pump a priority, especially for those in the rural community. Even if you’re using an electrical pump for convenience in day-to-day activities, having a reliable backup that will still provide clean drinking water can be critical, especially if you have livestock and crops.
Aren’t hand well pumps archaic?
Fortunately, hand well pumps have come a long way in the last few years, and benefit as much from modern technology as their electrical counterparts. This has been of particular benefit for those looking for off-grid or eco-friendly housing without giving up the convenience of clean filtered water on tap. The technology has progressed to a point where the unthinkable- hand pumps catering to a broad population- can be achieved. Hand pumps able to exceed the capacity of 12 foot windmills now exist. Hand pumps that are fully able to pump efficiently at high volume can be powered by only one person, too. This is, of course, the major reason hand well pumps fell out of favour. Mechanisation took out the back breaking work when it gave us the electric well pump. But technology has also made such advancements in the mechanism of hand pumps that the task is no longer half as laborious as it once was. Find out related information here.
Of course, the hand well pump can only be seen as a ‘backup’ in places where easy access to electricity and urban commodities is standard. For developing nations, human and animal powered manual pumps are a critical step in the process of upgrading communities and bringing in sanitation and well-being. Easy access to water improves sanitation, crop yields, potable drinking water and basic empowerment.
You’ll be choosing between an above-ground suction pump and a lift pump, which has its cylinder below ground. Rather than sucking out the water, piston pumps lift a column of water to the surface. The one best suited to your needs will depend strongly on the purposes which you intend to turn the pump to.
There’s a hand pump suitable for almost any use out there. It’s only a matter of selecting the best hand well pump for your specific needs and intentions.
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