Blake Hydram Hydraulic Ram Pump
The Blake Hydram is a hydraulic ram pump that uses the force of the water flowing down the “drive pipe” to lift water to a maximum height above the hydram of 150 meters without any external source of power. The pump can operate continuously for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hydrams are available in a range of sizes from No.1 to No.8.
The manufacturer – Allspeeds – is based in Accrington, UK and is shown as distributing the Blake Hydram in Africa for watering livestock applications
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Alternative pumping options include: Gravity Pumps, Handpumps, Animal Driven Pump, Solar Pump, Wind Pump, Treadle Pump, Rope Pump
Where there is suitable clean water available, it can provide supplies to remote houses or communities, allow irrigation of inaccessible areas and maintain feed water for stock in areas at a distance from water sources.
Each Hydram is made to order by Allspeeds, taking approximately 12 weeks to produce.
Can be ordered online or by contacting the customer service team at Allspeeds UK.
Source water flow rate
The Blake Hydram Ram Pump, at its optimum will pump about 20% of the water that is available to it, to a maximum height of approximately 150 meters. for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for many years. Operation requires a steady source of running water (drive water) at a minimum speed of 7L/m, the minimum head is 1 meter.
Blake Hydram is available in sizes 1-8.
A video demonstrating operation of the Blake Hydram is available here
Full details are available in the Allspeeds Blake Hydram Product Information Sheet
Hydram servicing can be performed by the individuals who installed the system. Troubleshooting procedures are provided by Allspeeds. Additional support is available from Allspeeds.
The Hydraulic Ram Pump will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for many years. According to Allspeeds, some customers have had non-stop service from their hydram pump since the 1920’s and 30’s.
The Hydraulic Ram Pump, when working at its optimum will pump about 20% of the water that is available to it, to a maximum height of approximately 150 meters. No Running Costs, No Fuel or Electricity, No Pollution, Operates 24 hours a day all year.
The use of heavy wall steel tube for the drive pipe is highly recommended. Upon completion of installation the operator must ensure the pump is is firmly bolted to its concrete base and the drive pipes have been laid out evenly.
A Hydram base -at a minimum a simple concrete slab < 150mm thick – provides a surface on which the hydram may be bolted and which absorbs the pulsations during operation. An enclosure for the Hydram is also ideal as it protects the unit and prevents pollution.
Jeffery TD, Thomas TH et al, Hydraulic Ram Pumps: A guide to ram pump water supply systems, Intermediate Technology Pubs, London, 1992, ISBN=1-85339-172-7, 135pp
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