In order to be successful at off-grid living there must be a dependable source of water and the ability to top move that water. A water pump will make moving the life-sustaining water from point A to point B a much easier and quicker. And to stay true to sustainable living, building a DIY water pump (especially from recycled materials) is the way to go.
Even if you don’t live off-grid, a water pump is something that can make life easier on the homestead by helping you move water where it’s needed without carrying a bucket at a time.
Check out these 8 innovative ideas for building a DIY water pump to find one that is just right for your water-moving needs.
Centrifugal Water Pump
Cheap and easy, follow these detailed instructions for building a DIY water pump that will cost you less than $5. Using recycled material (the water pump motor is from an out-dated VHS player) you’ll be able to pump water where you need it and promote a sustainable lifestyle.
Steps needed to make this diy water pump are:
- First make the impeller for the motor. Take something that have wheel like structure and remove the rounded plastic.
- Take some round cable and weld it on the motor terminals.
- Make the hole at the bottom of canister and pass and epoxy the cable through it.
- Apply epoxy around the side of motor to fit it in the canister.
- Tight the wheel on the motor and make two holes for the ins-out nozzles.
- The water pump is ready. Now it is capable of sending water above 50 cm.
PVC Pipe Hand Pump
This powerful hand water pump is capable of moving water or air, depending on your need. This easy-to-follow video instructional will walk you through each building step for this PVC pipe hand pump for water.
PVC Manual Water Pump
If the power goes out, do you have access to fresh water? Not if your well has an electric pump, you will have to wait until power is restored before enjoying the benefits of running water again.
This PVC hand pump can change that by allowing you to hand pump water up and out of your well when the power goes off. It’s a great homemade water pump to build and use in water wells in areas where electricity is not available too.
Wind Powered Water Pump
If you have some old bicycle parts lying around, you can use them to build a DIY water pump. Follow this instructional video that also contains suggestions for improvements and modifications so you will be able to build a DIY water pump that will make your specifications.
Micro Water Pump
When you only need to move a small amount of water, consider building this micro water pump made from little more than two bottle caps and some glue. Easy to following video instructions.
Here are brief steps to make this small water pump.
- Take two caps of bottle. One should be larger than other.
- Make hole at the bottom and side of small cap and one hole in the bottom of large cap.
- Tight two caps with each other. Rub the rare part of outer cap to enlarge the hole.
- Make fan from plastic card and insert it in the gear of motor.
- Joint the motor with cap and connect a Nokia charger to run it.
Mini Water Pump
Here is another innovative DIY water pump idea that uses bottle caps and straws to create a small water pump. This powerful pump is quick and cheap to build, and its power allows it to be used for many water-moving tasks. Simple video instructions will allow you to build this pump and get water moving in quickly.
When you need power behind the water, this DIY water pump is for you. This detailed video will show you exactly how to build a powerful and portable water pump at home that will give you the power to spray water for long distances and/or power-wash debris off of surfaces.
Basic DIY Water Pump
A bottle cap, aluminum can and a small motor can be transformed into a basic water pump that will have so many uses around the homestead. Use it for moving water in small fish ponds and aquatic gardens so fish and plants will grow and develop their best.