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PUMP BUYING GUIDE

We carry several high quality water pumps that can be used in a variety of applications. 
Check out our guide to determine which pump will best suit your needs.

IF YOU HAVE AN UNDERGROUND WATER TANK, AND YOU…

Have a cabin, mobile home, tiny home, or building with limited or no indoor utility space: Grundfos SBA 3-45-AW, Strom BSP (3/4HP)

Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel at least 5 gallons per minute, or GPM, (but not more than 8 GPM) at ~ 50 PSI: Grundfos SBA 3-45-AW, Strom BSP (3/4HP), Franklin C1 with pressure tank

Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel between 8-14 GPM at ~ 50 PSI: Strom BSP (3/4HP)

Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel between 12-17 GPM at ~50PSI: Strom BSP (1HP)

Want to supply an irrigation system where each zone is designed to expel less than 5GPM at less than 50PSI (for instance, small scale drip irrigation): Franklin C1 with minimum 20-gallon pressure tank, Strom BSP 3/4HP WITH relief line feeding back to tank (ask us for drawing that illustrates this)

Want to supply a house or building with pressurized water, and the home/building has at least 4 sq ft of floor space in a utility room: Franklin C1 with 20-gallon pressure tank

Have an existing cistern with a water line to the tank but no power supply at the tank: Franklin VersaJet 3/4HP Jet Pump with pressure tank

If energy efficiency is a concern (i.e., if you are in an off-grid home): Franklin C1 with the largest pressure tank you can afford (usually best to source the larger pressure tanks locally to save on freight but we do carry tanks up to 119-gallons in capacity)

IF YOU HAVE AN ABOVE-GROUND WATER TANK, AND YOU…

Have a cabin, mobile home, tiny home, or building with limited or no indoor utility space: Grundfos MQ with keypad cover, Grundfos SBA 3-45-AW, Strom BSP (3/4HP). PLEASE NOTE: Winterization of pumps will be required if you live in an area where temps get below freezing.

Want to supply a house or building with pressurized water, and the home/building has at least 4 sq ft of floor space in a utility room: Franklin C1 with 20-gallon pressure tank, Franklin VersaJet 3/4HP pump with pressure tank. PLEASE NOTE: Winterization of pumps will be required if you live in an area where temps get below freezing.

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Five Ways to Filter My Rainwater Harvest

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​Top Three Reasons to Invest in an Off-Grid Water System

Top Three Reasons to Invest in an Off-Grid Water SystemA lot of us dream about living off the grid, not paying water or electric, maybe tying into a more natural and sustainable lifestyle. Maybe you like to picture packing up and heading off in an RV. Or you scroll through pictures of cool tiny homes [...]

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Do UV Sterilization Systems Really Work?

Do UV Sterilization Systems Really Work?There’s some skepticism about whether UV sterilization systems really work to kill bacteria in the rainwater we harvest for human consumption. All you have to do is Google it and you’ll see the “flat earth” comments out there that say that UV lighting is useless for disinfecting anything.In fact, those bloggers are wrong. The Center [...]

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​Rainwater Harvesting: Best Way to Store Rainwater

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Best Way to Prepare – Rainwater Harvesting

Best Way to Prepare – Rainwater HarvestingThe National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA) issued a report in April 2018 taking about the weather, something we at Rain Brothers pay close attention to. The NOAA report showed abnormalities in the climate all across the U.S.: The Northwest received almost twice the average rainfall, for the third [...]

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Installing a Cistern: What to Expect

If you’re thinking about installing a cistern -- congratulations! You’re taking an important step toward conservation and budget reduction in your household. A cistern does both; harvesting rainwater makes use of a free natural resource, which conserves groundwater. But it also saves money on your utility bills or even delays the cost of digging a new well. You can capture [...]

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Is My Home a Good Candidate for a Cistern?

Is My Home a Good Candidate for a Cistern?You may be thinking about the next step up from rain barrels at your home. Or you may want a way to supplement well water with an alternative water supply. Or maybe you’re worried about water shortages and want a way to hydrate your gardens without using city water. These are [...]

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