For those who live off-grid, whether due to environmental reasons or a desire to reduce their exposure to disease risks, an accessible clean water supply is essential. Whether you need to transfer water from an open well into a storage tank or pump out flooded living spaces, these portable clean water pumps are the solution. They come with accessories such as suction hoses, strainers and quick-connect hose barbs that make connecting the pump to the hoses easy.
The most common type of portable water pump is the centrifugal design. They have the highest capacities, are affordable and simple to maintain. They work by spinning an impeller inside a volute casing, which uses centrifugal force to fling any incoming water against the sides of the casing, pushing it away from the center and out through the discharge port.
One of the most important factors when choosing a portable pump is how much water you need to move. The amount of water will determine what size portable pump to buy, as different sizes have different maximum flow rates and discharge head capabilities. Portable water pumps are available in different horsepower levels, from 6.5 hp to 20 hp, with a large range of gallons per minute (GPM) to match your specific requirements.
Other things to consider when selecting a portable pump include the fuel type. Many portable clean water pumps are powered by gasoline, but those used for firefighting or other applications where gas/gas vapors may be hazardous can be converted to propane with an optional conversion kit. You also need to decide how long you want to use your pump, as mechanical parts have a certain lifespan and will need to be replaced at some point.