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How To Build a Fuel Free Hydraulic Ram Pump


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.


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.