Water pumps are important in a broad range of contexts. In industry, where water is sometimes an ingredient in an industrial product or process, hydraulic pumps can be used to direct water where it is needed. In homes, particularly in the case of rural residences that are not connected to a large sewage circuit, water pumps are essential in supplying water to people. In commercial settings, water pumps are necessary for transporting water to the upper floors of very tall buildings. In each of these cases, hydraulic water pumps can be powered by electricity, fuel or even by hand, as is the case for hydraulic hand pumps.
In developed economies, water pumps tend to be controlled automatically and run on electricity. In developing economies, where reliable and inexpensive sources of fuel and electricity can be scarce, alternative pumping tools are often put to use. Hydraulic ram pumps, for example, can pump water to places where it is needed without the use of electricity or fuel. These pumps require only the force of a moving stream of water and an appropriately configured series of tubes, valves and compression chambers.
Hydraulic ram pumps are increasingly valued for their potential to deliver low-cost, reliable sources of water to populations that would otherwise have limited access to water. Because they do not require electricity or fuel to pump water, hydraulic ramp pumps do not have to be connected to any electrical infrastructure; this presents a substantial savings over alternative pump choices.
In such communities, money that would have been spent on maintaining an electric or fuel-operated pump can instead be spent on water purifying and filtering equipment; reliable access to clean water is a major factor in overall community health. This is true in both developed and developing economies.
While low volume, non-resource-intensive pumps like the ram pump can be invaluable to a small community, high-volume, electric pumps can contribute greatly to an industrial operation’s ability to conduct its business on a competitive scale. Because there is such a varied need for hydraulic water pumps, the market for different water pump varieties is likely to remain healthy for many years to come.