Pumping water from a ditch or canal

Important questions include:

  • how clean is the water that needs to be pumped?
  • what do you want to use the water for?

If the ditch is shallow and contains relatively little water, chances are that solid particles will also be pumped with it. This situation should be avoided with regard to garden and booster pumps because they are unable to handle solid particles. The hose can be fitted with a filter. However, the filter can also become blocked, as a result of which the pump will be unable to draw in any water and may run dry.

Submersible pump

A submersible pump may be suitable because it is able to handle solid particles up to a certain size. When switched on, the pump should always be completely immersed in the ditch or canal  because it cools itself with the water it pumps. These pumps can handle solid particles up to a size of 35 mm and are also ideal for draining excess water.

Submersible pumps are handy for occasional use. They cannot operate continuously and usually have less power and pressure than garden pumps, which may be a disadvantage if large amounts of water need to be pumped. They can be found via this link: Submersible Pump for dirty water

Garden pump

Garden pumps are ideal for filling ponds, canals, tanks, reservoirs, and so on. They are known for their high-pressure output, which means they are capable of pumping large amounts of water within a relatively short period of time. These pumps are also used frequently for irrigating equestrian arena surfaces, plots of land, and gardens, and can easily be connected to sprinklers.

One disadvantage is that the pump is unable to process solid particles, but practical hoses with filters can be ordered and connected to it. See Suction hoses

However, make sure the hose end does not touch the bottom, and hangs freely in the water source. Otherwise the filter may become blocked, which will damage the pump if it runs dry.

Garden pumps with specific features can be found via this link: Garden pump

Booster pump.

In principle, a booster pump is a garden pump fitted with an expansion vessel, and has two advantages:

  • the expansion vessel provides high water pressure instantly
  • the pressure required can be adjusted via the pump

These pumps can also be used with hoses that prevent solid particles from entering the pump.  

Another major advantage is that these pumps are ideal for maintaining high pressure in water pipes: for example, when a tap and shower are used at the same time, or in combination with a washing machine, a dishwasher, or a second shower. These pumps can be found via this link: Booster pump

We hope this information will help you choose the pump most suitable for your situation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.