It's not often that off grid infrastructure ends up being easier, cheaper and better than anticipated..... but this is it! We installed this ram pump in about 2 hours, it cost a couple hundred bucks and has worked perfectly, providing water to our gardens and livestock! It uses a 6-8' drop in a wee little creek we've got and pumps about 1000' over and 50' up to our hilltop cistern. I would highly recommend this pump from Seth Johnson at Land to House.
This video is not a how-to but it should give you a good feel for the technology, the simplicity of installation and the possibilities of a steady flow of water on your homestead:
This IS pretty magical! It might solve my drought problems. We have lots of water around here, but not all that convenient to the gardens. And during a drought, we wonder how long the well will hold up.
They are fabulous to watch and hear.
BUT, they need running water to work.
Since they run 24 hours even if they dont pump a lot of water per cycle, they shift a lot in 24 hours.
There are so many variables that its hard to say how much, but this is a partial list;
- length of pipe in stream
- height from open end of the pipe down to the ram
- size,[ diameter], of that pipe
- volume of water flowing in the creek
- size of pipes within the ram
- size and length of discharge pipe up the hill
- height between the ram and the exit point of the discharge pipe
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
The Enemy of progress is the hope of a perfect plan
He comes across as very kind, genuine, humble, and helpful. His channel shows you how to build your own ram pump, how they operate, how well (quantitatively) they perform. It's a good learning experience from a good man.