Looking for a way to get more out of your tank water, but without hurting your bank account – or the environment? It’s time you got to know all about pressure pumps.
The primary job of a pressure pump is to make your tank water supply as effective, powerful and versatile as mains water. Without one, your harvested rainwater is pretty much only good for a handful of outdoor jobs, like watering the garden. But with a pressure pump, you can optimise its use in the garden and also take your rainwater inside. And voila! You have a sustainable, renewable water source for taking care of the numerous jobs requiring a steady, reliable supply – from washing your clothes to showering and importantly keeping your garden blooming and green.
How do pressure pumps work?
To put it simply, where regular pumps work at a fixed rate, pressure pumps change their speed according to how much water is needed. They adjust to meet the requirements of the job. For you and your home; this means never losing water pressure. Whether you’re operating a single shower or five taps, two showers and two hoses all at once, pressure pumps give you exactly what you need.
Choosing the right pressure pump for energy efficiency
To avoid wasting money – and energy – it’s important to buy a pump that’s efficient. First of all, don’t waste resources by purchasing more capacity than you need. A pump offering a maximum flow of 60 litres per minute uses 400 Watts of power, while one that can handle up to 100 litres per minute requires 600 Watts. Why churn through energy that you’re not even using?
Before deciding on a pump, assess exactly how much power you’ll require. You’ll have to consider how many taps you use – both independently and at once – as well as how far and how high you need to pump your water. Think about both the short term and long term. For example, you might be living with just one other person at the moment, but if you’re planning on starting a family, how many people will be in the house in ten years’ time? How will that change the pressure you’ll be putting on your water supply?
If you’re in any way unsure of how much power you’ll need, ask an expert for help. Taking a risk on a pump purchase isn’t worth it.
Secondly, access solar power whenever possible. One option is to power your entire home using solar. Another is to invest in a solar-powered pump. Either way, this is important – not only is it much cheaper, it also means that your pump is operating with clean, green energy. So you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your water supply isn’t causing any harm to our beautiful environment.
This is not so much an energy issue, but it’s certainly important for your quality of life. Living with a noisy pump can be incredibly frustrating! Plus, if your pump is really loud, it can become a legal issue. Guidelines published by the Environmental Protection Authority (the EPA) assert that pumps must not exceed noise limits and must be situated at a particular distance from neighbouring homes. Check out the rules before buying and installing your pump.
Thankfully, advances in technology mean that a wide variety of whisper-quiet equipment is now on the market. Furthermore, you can reduce noise by placing your pump in an enclosure (just make sure it’s big enough that overheating doesn’t become a problem) and by ensuring that it is installed properly. Failing to observe correct procedure during installation can make a pump much louder that it’s supposed to be.
About the Author
Tim Sparke is the CEO at 4 pumps and for several years, he has been an active advocate of organic farming and sustainability. He also has a passion for writing and he writes the blog at 4pumps.