Bugtussle Farm – VI. Water Source

28May13

Down in the hollow in one of the branches of Cher and Eric’s creek, Eric has built and installed a ram pump to supply water to their livestock. It pumps about 400 gallons a day up to two polyethylene tanks. It has been a year-round source of water even through the drought last year.

The ram pump, hydraulic ram or hydram technology has been around since 1772. This fascinating technology is used when water is required to be lifted to a higher elevation. Water is forced uphill using its own kinetic energy. Per Wikipedia, “It requires no outside source of power other than the kinetic energy of flowing water. The cyclic water pump is powered by hydropower. It takes in water at one “hydraulic head” (pressure) and flow rate, and outputs water at a higher hydraulic head and lower flow rate. The device uses the water hammer effect to develop pressure that allows a portion of the input water that powers the pump to be lifted to a point higher than where the water originally started. 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.”

Make sure you check out all of our 5-part series on Bugtussle Farm. Next, Bugtussle Farm – V. Conclusion

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