Lifter Pump

The drawing shows a Lifter connected to a piston water pump. Using a Lifter to collect and store energy is what a Lifter does best and here the weight carried by the Carriage is raised to a sufficient height that, when released, can drive the pump.

The weight of the water in the pipe is a product of the pipe diameter and depth. A 4 inch pipe reaching a water source 500 feet below ground would contain water weighing about 2700 pounds. This is way too heavy to be lifted manually. However, with a Lifter the power needed can incrementally be applied in small tilting actions. A Lifter configured with one of several different tilting mechanisms can tilt up a 2700 lb Carriage and when allowed to drop from a specified height, bring up an equivalent amount of water based on the height of the Lifter. If a Lifter of this size were 33 feet high then each drop cycle would bring up:

( 33 / 500 ) x 2700 lbs = 178 lbs of water or 21 gallons

One may vary the weight in the Carriage, Lifter height and the Power Transfer Assembly to achieve a desired water delivery output based upon the depth of the well and the size of the pipe.

Lifter Used to Pump Deep Static Water

Water-Pump and Lifter

Other types of reciprocating pumps might also be used. Water moving systems such as paddle-wheels, screws, water ladders, etc. might all benefit by making a Lifter its prime mover.

The World Health Organization has a PDF describing several pumps that might be mechanized with a Lifter. Water-lifting devices