Surface Pumps

Surface pumps are designed to pump water from surface sources like springs, ponds, tanks, or shallow wells. Most of our surface pumps are either diaphragm pumps or rotary vane pumps and can run solar-direct for simple, inexpensive operation.

Surface pumps should be mounted in dry, weatherproof locations or housings as close to the water source as practical. Unlike our submersible pumps, they should not be submerged or allowed to freeze. Make sure to drain your surface pump system before freezing weather sets in!

"DC pump motors have the advantage of accepting variable voltage input without distress. This makes them ideal partners for PV modules. Day and night, clouds and shadows - these all affect the PV output, and a DC motor simply 'goes with the flow'!"

Solar Living Sourcebook 14th Edition
Chapter 7: Water Development

Surface Pumps from Real Goods