Water pumps are extremely versatile pieces of equipment that are even considered essential in some settings. They can transfer huge amounts of water from one place to another very quickly and effortlessly. They come in various designs, depending on the purpose they’re intended for, but generally, they are capable of performing multiple-tasks.
Even though there’s a wide variety of pumps, there are two main categories: centrifugal and positive displacement. And while both types achieve the same results, they operate in different methods. This categorization is very general, so in this article, we’ll look into a more specific classification of pumps: fire fighting versus regular pumps.
Fire Fighting Pumps
Think of fire fighting pumps as performance pumps. They don’t have to differ in anything else except sheer power to be classified as such. But power is reason enough to invest in them if you live in rural Australia, as you’ll be able to use them for practically anything. If living on a farm, having a water pump fire fighting tool could be your life saver. In case a fire breaks that is. Of course, leaving firefighters to handle the matter would be best, but it will certainly take time for them to arrive on the spot. By having a water pump fire fighting will not be blamed for ravaging your crops. Simply put, without a reliable and powerful enough water pump, fire fighting is unimaginable. Quality fire fighting water pumps are capable of moving up to 12.000 litres per hour over 70 metres in length and 8 metres in height. The best thing is, you can use them for everything you’d use a regular pump for: washing, water carts, irrigation, tank filling, water transfer, crop spraying and fish farming.
Regular Water Pumps
When it comes to regular water pumps, you generally get what you pay for. There are high-end models that can dish up more litres per hour than the fire fighting pumps. However, they usually have less total head than them, which is why they’re not suitable for fire fighting as you have to get closer than usual, which is unsafe. These pumps can be powered by petrol, diesel, electricity and renewable energy like solar power. The housing of these pumps isn’t necessarily as rugged as the one for fire fighting pumps, and frankly, it needn’t be. You can still use them for a variety of applications like water transferring from a dam, tank filling, sprinkling and irrigation, in shallow wells, fish farms, crop spraying, etc.