Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Spear pumps


Reduce Rootprints have an interesting post on water.
Monday, February 1, 2010
17 Quick Tips and Interesting Facts About Water ...

Water is a precious commodity, and during my grandfather's time, there was no piped water. Everyone, including a toddler after a bath in the river, had to carry a bucket of water back some two hundred meters from the river back to the house. It was by this training, that I have the conservation of water drilled into me.

In the early 1980s, I visited my husband's home town in West Malaysia. The water supply broke down, and only then did people value the water. Some homes have a pump, and wells drilled into the ground. People went to those witth drills to "borrow" water. There were chicken and ducks all over the place, and I didn't want to use the water. But beggers can't be choosers, I had no choice but use the water.

When I was in the GoldCoast, I saw that some of the houses have spear pumps. Spear pumps tap artesian water supplies. My brother Joseph has one, and uses the water to water his plants. He also has a tank to collect rain water.

Paradise spear pumps have been operating on the Gold Coast for over 21 years. Spear pumps can be installed in most areas on the Gold Coast. Spear pumps basically suck the water from the water table, which flows through the sand underground. Some very rocky areas are not suitable for spear pump installations and a bore would be required in those areas.


Ensurai said...

This is very interesting indeed. And this leads me to think of all the special wells we have in Miri.

Will post about them inthe future.

Miri has good wells and there is one in the Sikh Temple which has its own history too!

There is one in Siwa Jaya which has mystical curative powers even!

Yes you are right we Malaysians only think of underground water when we have a drought. No one here has a tank for rain water....pity.

Glad you have brought this up.

Water is precious.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ann: That is such a good idea. It sure would help with the water supply.
BTW: It was just a matter of grabbing the camera at the right time with the squirrels.

Unknown said...

Interesting fact about that spear pump :) I lived in a house with piped water from small, though I do remember my uncle's place where I would stay on school hols, there were no water or electricity and we would bathe at the river and have kerosene lightings for night. It was quite boring, sleeping at 8 pm..since there's nothing to do then.

Unknown said...

guess we dont have it here in my state for that matter,ann

Barry said...

First time I ever heard (or saw) a spear pump.


One thing I love about blogging is the opportunity to learn new things.

Anonymous said...

There is no water supply to my town because of drought.