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.



What is a Water Powered Sump Pump

January 5th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The product is called a “water-powered sump pump,” some also call it a “water pump” or “water driven pump” either, way this pump it’s installed primarily as a backup sump pump to a primary electric sump pump (that’s plugged into the wall). In a heavy rain – flood situation – ground water under a house rises and pours into a sump pit where the primary electric sump pump, pumps the rainwater out of the sump pit keeping the basement dry.

The problem occurs when the power goes out and the primary sump pump no longer works.  These wasteful pumps operate by taking the energy in municipal-supplied water at full pressure, run through a venturi device, positioned on the bottom of the sump pit in a basement. They connect directly to the fresh drinking water supply line of a house (plumber installed), or in some circumstances, homeowners connect the pump with a rubber garden hose to their kitchen or laundry room tub faucet (bad idea as many hoses have blown actually FLOODING the basement).

When the water powered sump pump is activated, clean fresh drinking water is released into the sump pit.  Some of the more efficient models pull up 1 gallon of waste water, for each gallon of fresh water used, other, less efficient models use anywhere from 3 to 6 gallons of fresh water for every gallon of sump water! Then, both the fresh water and the wastewater are dumped out onto the lawn or into the sewer system that already has an overflow of storm water in it, making the flooding worse.

Please think twice before purchasing one of these water pumps,, not only do they waste water they MUST be installed with backflow protection, if not these pumps are a health hazard to your home as contaminated water could potentially be sucked back into the fresh drinking water supply for the house.