SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Bici-Tec distributes the product directly and works with community leaders to distribute it. Interview with representative
Make to order, the building methods are half artisanal and half industrialized.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Direct from manufacturer, to place an order call Carlos Marroquin at +502 4080 1572 or reach out to the company through their Facebook page.
Distributions to Date Status
Over 500. Interview with representative
Power requirement (W)
Average flow rate (L/min at specific head)
~19 L/min at 30 m
Maximum head (m)
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 system also consists of round plastic balls whose diameter matches the diameter of the pipe and which 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 repairs or provide 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.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
This product pumps between 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute from a 30 m well.
Vetted Performance Status
This product pumps about 220 L in 15 minutes (~4 gallons per minute) from a 14 m well.
Risk of winding due to exposed rotating components and medium rotational speed.
Complementary Technical Systems
Bici-Tec teaches, empowers, and encourages people to use pedal powered machines (bici maquinas) through their school Escuela De Bici-Tecnología Apropriada.
Academic Research and References
“Bici-Tec – Instalación de Bici-bomba de Agua y entrega de…,” Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bicitecGT/posts/725333997573325/
“Bici-Tec,” Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bicitecGT/
“Products,” Engineering For Change, https://www.engineeringforchange.org/solutions/products
“Goal 6 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs,” United Nations, https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6
Compliance with regulations
Field tests Interview with representative)