IDE Treadle Pump

International Development Enterprises (IDE)

IDE Treadle pump, a foot operated device, is used to extract water from shallow aquifers or surface water bodies.

Product description Brand name and product description

IDE treadle pump is a foot-operated device to create suction to pump water from shallow aquifers or surface water bodies. It can be attached to a flexible hose, and lift water at shallow depths from any source such as pond, tank, canal, or catchment basin or from tubewells.

It was developed in 1979 by a team working with the Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS), an NGO working in northwest Bangladesh. IDE facilitates the formation of national and regional networks of suppliers, dealers, and installers.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)
Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

International Development Enterprises (IDE) through approximately 1,000 stocking dealers in Bangladesh. There is also a treadle pump wholesale market in Dhaka that serves many regional dealers.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Treadle pumps can cost from $12 to $35 USD depending on the materials used. IDE has estimated that the average cost of an installed treadle pump ranges from $20-$26 as seen in the table.

Price of Treadle pumps
Treadle pump specificationWholesale Price (Taka)Retail Price (Taka)
Average cost of below-ground components(including boring)800-1,000
Total average cost of treadle pump (installed)1,000-1,300
The World Bank Development Report (1999/2000) estimates the annual gross domestic product per capita in Bangladesh or Taka 18,000 (US $360)
Standard wire gauge is a measure of the thickness of the sheetmetal, 16-gauge is thicker than 20-gauge.


Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

iDE Rope PumpMoneyMaker Hip PumpBluePump and other manual methods for water extraction as seen in the table.

Water extraction options for irrigation
Extraction MethodPrice(Taka)
Swing Basket100
Dhan (scoop)500-750
Treadle pump(installed)1,000-1,300
Number 6 pump (no platform)3,000-3,500
Chinese 3HP Diesel Pump (installed)9,000-10,000
Note: 50 Taka equals US$1


SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 2: achieve food security by increasing crop yields. Goal 7: ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Small farm holders

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