Irrigation pump: Flexipump designed for the developing world
The Flexipump irrigation pump is an incredibly simple water pump designed primarily for small-scale farmers to better irrigate their crops or move water for livestock. However, it can also be used in construction or around the home.
It only weighs 2.5kgs and is manually operated, which is perfect for rural areas, as operational costs are zero.
We have designed the flexipump to look like a bicycle pump because most people across Southern Africa know how to maintain and repair such a pump. No specialist tools are required to maintain it – almost everything can be taken apart by hand. Farmers can even make their own replacement piston seals (in the same way as a tyre pump), though we do sell spares.
Felxipump Irrigation pump qualities
The pump can draw water from 6m below itself and pump a further 10m in the air or up to 100m along the ground. With continuous pumping, up to 1,600 litres per hour can be moved.
Compared to using buckets to draw water from a nearby well or stream, farmers can save 80% of their daily time taken to irrigate. The flexipump has a life span of 3-5 years.
We manufacture the flexipump just outside of Cape Town.
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