Bici Bomba Rosario de Agua
The Bici Bomba is a pedal-powered rope pump for retrieving water from wells.
Bici bomba Rosario de agua is a pedal-powered rope pump that reduces the labor and time required to collect water. The machine uses bicycle parts combined with a rope pump to obtain water from beneath, usually hand dug wells.
Note: The manufacturer, Bici-Tec lacks a website and is only available on Facebook.
Latin America, specially Guatemala and Mexico.
Bici-Tec distributes the product directly and works with community leaders to distribute it.Interview with representative
$277 Converted from quetzales
Bici-Tec also donates the product partially or completely to families with great need.Interview with representative.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Untrained users, rural households or communities.
Make to order, the building methods are half artisanal and half industrialized.
Open source, through Bici-Tec’s Escuela De Bici-Tecnología Apropriada (Appropriate Bike-Technology School), students can learn how to build and design pedal powered machines.
Direct from manufacturer, to place an order call Carlos Marroquin to +502 4080 1572 or reach out to the company through their Facebook page.
More than 500 Interview with representative
Description of the pump type
Power required, measured in watts
Manufacturer-specified discharge rate, measured at a specific head
Maximum depth of water the pump can pull
Piston nominal diameter, measured in centimeters
The product is stationary and pedal powered, it requires no electricity to be operated. It is made from used bicycle parts such as pedals, frame, chains and handles. The pedaling system is connected to a cement flywheel to facilitate continuous pedaling and uses sprockets’ diameter relation to vary speed and torque. The system is connected to rope which is lowered down into a well and drawn up through a long pipe with the bottom immersed in water. The rope was round plastic balls which diameter matches the diameter of the pipe, the balls function as a seal that helps pull the water to the surface.
Bici-Tec trains users at the moment of delivering the product on how to give preventive maintenance. If needed Bici-Tec can also do any repairs or additional technical support.Interview with representative
Available at Bici-Tec and locally available at bike shops.Interview with representative
The product can be recycled afterwards, to make more bici maquinas or at a common recycling center since most of the structure is steel.
This product pumps between 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute from a 30 m well.
This product pumps about 220 L in 15 minutes (~4 gallons per minute) from a 14 m well. User experience report
Bici-Tec has not used third-party testing.
Considerable winding risk due to exposed rotating components and medium rotational speed.
Bici-Tec teaches, empowers, and encourages people to use pedal powered machines (bici maquinas) through their school Escuela De Bici-Tecnología Apropriada.
Field testsInterview with representative
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