Bamboo treadlepumps (2)
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International Development Enterprise, India. 2001. Bamboo treadlepumps (2). INBAR, Beijing, China
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A bamboo treadle pump is a lightweight, portable means of pumping water from shallow depths
Bamboo treadle pumps are usually made of steel and have two barrels. The pumping mechanism is constructed of bamboo and the pump is operated by alternately depressing the bamboo pedals with ones feet. Bamboo treadle pumps can pump water from depths of up to 7-8 metres. They can pump from boreholes and open bodies of water but they cannot produce a pressurised flow and so cannot individually be used to raise water higher than the body of the pump. This can be achieved by locating pumps in vertical series. Bamboo treadle pumps can be produced by anyone with standard metalworking skills and simple metalworking tools such as welding equipment and a barrel roller.