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About the Bunyip Pump

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ABOUT  THE  BUNYIP  WATER-POWERED  PUMP

The BUNYIP pump is a simple and compact unit that utilises the power of water to pump water.

  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Saves money & labour
  • Self-regulates to changes in streamflow
  • High efficiency
  • Light Weight
  • Straight forward Installation
  • Simple to operate & maintain
  • Pumps water without mains power or fuel

We build our pumps right here in Australia.

HOW  THE  BUNYIP  WORKS

Components

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HOW  MUCH  WATER  COULD  YOUR  SITE  DELIVER?

This depends on three variables:

  1. Fall (supply head) in your stream (Metres)
  2. Stream water flow rate (Litres/sec)
  3. Vertical height (delivery Head) you want to pump (Metres)

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Site example:

Fall = 1000mm

Input = 6 Litres/second       

Delivery Head = 50m

Expected Output = 4,600c Litres/24 hr    

If this site's streamflow reduces to 2 Litres/second, the output will reduce to 1500 Litres/24 hr.

The letter next to the outputs represents that site's appropriate piston diameter size (c =60mm diameter).

Small pistons are like low gear & big pistons like high gear in a motor vehicle.

Note: We will determine your piston size as this information is just an overview.

Note: The downloadable output calculator takes piston sizes into account & recalculates the outputs, sometimes resulting in slightly lower outputs. 

PA-16 Outputs:

Approximately 2.5 times the PA-13 outputs due to their maximum input flow of 15 Litres/sec.

PA-8 Outputs:

Approximately 30% of the PA-13 maximum outputs with outputs declining further for Falls below 1.8m.

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With very low streamflows, it can sometimes be many minutes between "cycles". 

YouTube shows numerous examples of BUNYIPS in operation.  

BUNYIP VS FUEL-DRIVEN COST & LABOUR SAVING ANALYSIS

This basic list may help you see the difference. In most cases, it doesn't take long to see if it's viable. 

Fuel driven pump cost factors:

  • Cost of fuel-driven pump = ?
  • How many times this pump needs to be replaced = ?
  • Maintenance required = ?
  • Fuel cost per volume pumped = ?
  • Labour involved running & maintaining the pump = ?
  • Does your pump need to be moved in times of
  • flooding = ?
  • Or possible damage to pump & environment if flooded = ?

Bunyip costs:

  • Initial Bunyip purchase = ?
  • Note; the Bunyip is a lifetime low-tech machine not requiring replacement.
  • Cost of BUNYIP installation = ? This cost would be the main cost to focus on as it will vary depending on the site.
  • Note; a potential big saving may be possible because, in most cases, the BUNYIP only needs a 25mm diameter delivery pipe (or Line). E.g., You can pump 5000 Litres/day over a 5km distance with 1” (25mm) Poly pipe to a 100m head with minor pipe friction losses. 
  • Cost of maintenance; generally $20 to $50 AUD worth of stock rubber piston & rod seals to be replaced between 6 months (rare) to two years (common), depending on conditions & only a 15 min job.
  • An example of how low tech the Bunyip is these seals can even be made from leather though rubber has little less friction.
  • After doing these calculations/estimates, you may find you can farm areas that would otherwise be unfeasible without a BUNYIP.

Note:

The BUNYIP has had extensive testing over many years despite being a very low-tech simple machine. The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid).

To give you even more confidence in the BUNYIP, a major New Zealand rural supplies company with more than a hundred stores, is currently stocking them.

PUMP  SITE  EVALUATION  &  INSTALLATION

At Porta’s Engineering, we are more than happy to talk you through the Site Evaluation/Installation process.

Sending us some photos of your potential site helps us to help you.

PRICES

All prices are in Australian Dollars and exclude GST.

PA 8:   $1,768.19, Plus freight cost, weight 17 Kgs.
Less $20.00 without the tyre.

PA 13:   $2,122.73, Plus freight cost, weight 28 kgs.
Less $100.00 without the tyre.

PA 16:   $3300.00, Plus freight cost, weight 40 kgs.
Less $200.00 without the tyre.

Note: Extra price for:

High head (over 70m) stainless steel check valves.

Extra-large 149mm diameter piston/bore kit.

                            

 

The Bunyip Pump in action