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The Fleming Hydro-Ram... What can it do for you?
Whether you are a weekend camper, a back-to-nature homesteader, or a third world resident needing to water date trees a quarter-mile away from an artesian well, the Fleming Hydro-Ram may well be the answer to your water needs. If there is water flowing within several hundred yards of where you need it that has a minimum of a two-foot drop from the intake source to the pump, then the Fleming Hydro-Ram can dependably and consistently pump a portion of that flow uphill.
The Fleming Hydro-Ram uses the force of falling water to pump water uphill to where you need it...without using any additional source of energy and with only a few moving parts! As little as a two foot (0.6 meters) fall from the water source to the pump at a flow rate of 3 gallons per minute is ample to drive the system and provide up to 20 feet of vertical lift to the discharged point. As an example, with the pump located 3 feet below the source of the water supply and fed with 3 gallons of water flow per minute, the Fleming Hydro-Ram can provide up to 30 feet of vertical lift and pump water through several hundred feet of delivery pipe.
Fleming Hydro-Ram pumps are in essence hydraulic engines designed to move water. They are capable of supplying from 700 to 4,000 gallons a day, depending on the "head" of water supplying the pump, the size of the pump, the flow rate to the pump, and the height of the discharge.
With a Fleming Hydro-Ram and a suitable stream, spring or artesian well nearby, you can supply your homestead's water needs, irrigate your garden or water your orchard...all without the use of any outside source of energy! Other uses of this versatile pump include filling a swimming pool or pond that is uphill from a spring or stream, watering livestock, or to economically supply a cooling flow of water to your heat pump's water-to-air heat exchanger.
Properly installed, the Fleming Hydro-Ram can be of significant help in supplying water to remote cabins and homesteads during periods of cold weather. If your water source is a flowing stream that never freezes over, the Fleming Hydro-Ram may be able to be installed so that it can supply water uphill in an instant pulse-stream that won't freeze up, under most conditions.
The Fleming Hydro-Ram delivers a readily usable flow of unpressurized water at the discharge point. You can use this flow to water trees, fill livestock watering troughs, and so on. If you want to use the pump to furnish water for all your needs at a cabin or homestead, you may want to incorporate a reservoir at a slightly higher elevation than your showers, sinks, sanitary facilities, etc. An illustration is included to show how the Fleming Hydro-Ram can be used with a reservoir to provide gravity-supplied pressure for your water system. The RAM Company can supply you with ANY of the necessary items you may need to complete your system.
You don't need to be a plumber to install a Fleming Hydro-Ram. Setup of the system is simple and easy. Hard PVC pipe is used for the supply-side of the pump (called the "drive" side) and is easily assembled using PVC cement and slip-on couplings. Either flexible plastic or vinyl pipe, or a standard hose pipe, can be connected to the discharge or "delivery" side of the pump.
The Fleming Hydro-Ram is practically maintenance-free. And its light weight makes it easily handled even in difficult terrain. Whether you want a pump with full portability or one for a fixed installation, there are models designed to fit your water needs.
With the surprisingly low initial cost of the Fleming Hydro-Ram and the many benefits it can bring you, the real question to consider is...how much is it costing you not to have a Fleming Hydro-Ram?
Drip irrigation may be used in conjunction with the RAM pump. The discharge hose of the RAM pump is connected directly to the drip irrigation supply hose and feeds the system.
Applying water just to the root zone of each plant is the key idea behind drip irrigation. Traditional methods of irrigation such as flood and sprinkler applications use water in excess of plant need and over an area many times larger than the root zone. Unproductive soil between plants is also wetted. Soil moisture is hard to maintain between applications, and a great portion of the applied water is lost in run-off, removing top-soil, or in deep percolation, leaching chemicals into ground water. The progress of the plastic industry now makes it economically feasible to provide an extensive network of pipes and components needed to distribute water to each plant. Drip irrigation allows you to manage the soil environment around each plant by applying small doses of water in pace with the plant consumption, so water is applied over a long time, in frequent intervals, and on the root zone. The moisture can be manipulated to create optimum growing condition. Since its commercial introduction, drip irrigation has been installed in several hundreds of thousands of acres across the USA. But this is only a fraction of the potential acreage which could benefit from drip irrigation.