Updated on December 22, 2023


Created on August 27, 2017

Bici Bomba Rosario de Agua


The Bici Bomba Rosario de Agua is a pedal-powered rope pump for retrieving water from wells.

Developed By
  1. Bici-Tec
Tested By
  • Bici-Tec
Content Partners


Product Description

Bici Bomba Rosario de Agua is a pedal-powered rope pump used 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 does not have a website and is only available on Facebook.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 1: No Poverty

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Bici-Tec distributes the product directly and works with community leaders to distribute it. Interview with representative

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include BluePump, Vergnet-Hydro 60-2000 Pump, and iDE Rope Pump.

Manufacturing/Building Method

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

Pump type

Human-powered pump

Power requirement (W)


Average flow rate (L/min at specific head)

~19 L/min at 30 m

Maximum head (m)

30 m

Diameter (cm)

2.54 cm

Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

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

Replacement Components

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


Evaluation methods

Field tests Interview with representative)

Other Information


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