Whatever the name, water powered sump pump, water driven pump or just a water pump, this product is used to pump water out of a sump basin by using fresh drinking. The pressure coming from the municipal water supply is mixed with the sump basin water and this device acts like a vacuum to suck the water out. This recent story from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reports that “Aqua” Indiana, is asking its residents to voluntarily reduce water consumption stating:
“Aqua has been able to meet the demand for water so far … but if water use continues at its current rate, there is some concern the system will not be able to maintain adequate water pressure for its customers or fire protection, the statement said.”
There’s a very important line – “there is some concern the system will not be able to maintain adequate water pressure for its customers.” When this happens, the pumping capacity (which is already low) is marginalized even more, putting you at risk for a flood.
Water pumps waste fresh water, must have proper backflow protection installed to protect the homeowners and are susceptible to low pumping volume. Stay away from these water pumps, there are better choices when it comes to backup sump pumps.