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How To Build a Fuel Free Hydraulic Ram Pump

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The Hydraulic Ram Pump is an electricity and fuel free means of moving water uphill. As long as you have a water source, such as a lake, pond, stream, or storage container and you have a drop in elevation from that water source, you can move water uphill.

source/image: French River Springs

The water ram pump has been around for quite a while and was a widely used means of pumping water before electricity became common in rural areas. The pump has only two moving parts, a primary (waste) valve and a secondary (check) valve.Watch the video by French River Springs for more.

The momentum of the water in the delivery pipe builds to eventually close the primary valve.This causes a water-hammer effect that forces water back into the delivery pipe and into a pressure tank. The pressure tank absorbs the hammer shock and improves the smooth flow of water in the delivery pipe.

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The hydraulic ram is sometimes used in remote areas, where there is both a source of low-head hydropower and a need for pumping water to a destination higher in elevation than the source.

VIA French River Springs
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