Installation is extremely simple. All that is required
is some method of containing the power water at the point
of use by constructing a pool or catchpit. This may be
formed by a dam across a stream or the construction of
a containment area using local materials and being waterproofed
by usual methods, or the provision of a prefabricated
container of polyethylene or similar material.
this, running downwards on an even gradient to the point
of location of the RAM itself, runs the drive pipe which
has to be heavy gauge galvanised steel or cast iron
pipe of an appropriate length which is dependent upon
the height to which the water is to be pumped. Although
it is not essential that this pipe should be buried,
it is preferable in order to avoid interference to and
from wildlife and unauthorised persons. As far as the
delivery pipe is concerned this should be treated conventionally
as with any other type of water-pumping system.
inch Simple Type Ram
installed for RSPB Devon
very demanding installation for Gurkha regiment
in Nepal, RAMs operating under 30 foot and pumping
to a delivery head of over 1000 feet.
RAM chamber itself can vary considerably but all that
is required is a concrete base which will securely hold
the RAM in place but this could equally be constructed
from heavy baulks of timber to which the RAM could be
bolted. Naturally, some kind of covering (while not
essential) is preferable to give the necessary security
to the installation.
whole installation is extremely simple and straight-forward
and can be carried out by inexperienced or local labour
from details provided by the manufacturer.