The Ideal Fountain Utility Pump

Sunterra 120016 Large Fountain Pump, 200 GPH, Black The Sunterra is a clean waer fountian pump that will provide you with a decent amount of wa...


Sunterra 120016 Large Fountain Pump, 200 GPH, Black

The Sunterra is a clean waer fountian pump that will provide you with a decent amount of water flow.  Although this is advertised as a large fountain pump, it is not exactly that large, but allow for various size fountains. 

Features of this particular pump:

  • Pumps 200 gallons of water per hour with a maximum lift of 4.9 feet
  • Operate efficiently for extended periods of time with no regular maintenance
  • Has a 16 foot power cord

This particular pump is magnetic driven and will require very little if any maintenance.  The electrically charged magnet inside of the device makes the impeller spin and circulate the water through the pump.   The magnetic drive pumps are extremely safe to operate having no coolants to deal with and are therefore much more environmentally friendly.  They are also use far less energy to operate which makes them economically viable.

What are others saying about this particular water fountain model?

“I was looking for a small pump to push ice water from a cooler through a copper cooling coil. There wasn’t a whole lot of force behind it, but this one did the job well. It also came with a few nozzle options to connect the tubing.”

I don’t know if I would call this a “large fountain pump”. I bought it for our fountain which is a medium fountain with a 4 foot lift height. The pump arrived and it looked kind of small, I was skeptical. It does work, and certainly for $23 it’s worth it. Even if it only lasts a couple of years its worth it. I had a much larger pump, that this Sunterra pump replaced, which moved more water than this little one and it failed after 2.5 years (warranty 1 year). It was three times the price. The flow is a little weak for a 4 foot lift height, but it is adequate, and if it keeps working the way it does now, I would be happy with it.”

Drum Pumps – Various Makes & Models


Plastic Drum Pump With Pail Adapter (UNS428) Category: Water and Solvent Pumps

  • Fits both 3/4″ and 2″ openings. Includes one pail adapter that snaps on to 5-gallon pails. Pump fits 15- 30- and 55-gallon drums. Pumps 8 oz. per stroke.

Siphon Pump

  • High quality, clean, ideal for use with a variety of liquids compatible with polyethylene.
  • Hand operated siphon drum pump dispenses 5 gpm

TERA PUMP Lever Action Barrel Drum Pump

  • Fits 15-55 gallon drums / Delivers 11 oz. per stroke / Includes 2″ bung nut
  • Zinc Die-cast alloy & steel construction provide excellent fluid compatibility and long pump life
  • Brand New / Easy and Smooth action / Commercial-grade handle with comfort grip
  • Discharge spout thread fits all garden hose fittings / Hand operated


  • 2″ NPT threaded bung adapter / 40″ LONG 1″ SUCTION PIPE / 50″ Height
  • Adjustable Bung Adapter / Flow rates of up to 10 gallons per minute (gpm)
  • Heavy-duty all steel and cast iron construction including the pump impeller
  • Easy and Smooth action / Gooseneck discharge spout / Use on barrels, drums and small tanks
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Centrifugal Water Pumps


A centrifugal pump is a roto-dynamic pump which uses rotating impellers to increase the flow rate and pressure of the fluid.  This is the most common type of pump in use for moving liquids.

It works by means of the liquid entering the pump impeller at the rotating axis and is then moved by the impeller in a radial outward flow or alternatively axially into a diffuser or volute chamber.  From there it will exit into the piping system.

Although centrifugal pumps are generally associated with the radial flow type, it is also used for impeller type roto-dynamic pumps.  There are many different impeller pumps including radial flow pumps, axial flow pumps, mixed flow pumps, gravity pumps and edector-jet pumps, The main specifications to look for when researching centrifugal water pumps are horsepower, flow rate and outlet pressure in feet or meters of head.  You also want to look at inlet suction in suction feet or meters of head.  In order to calculate the head, take the number of feet or meters the pump can raise or lower a column of water at atmospheric pressure.

Also take into consideration that many engineers will refer to a term ‘specific speed’ which they use to identify the ideal pump type for any combination of head and flow rate. The efficiency of a pump is determined as the ratio of the power imparted on the liquid by the pump in direct relation to the power supply needed to drive the pump.  This value will range considerably in pumps because of various factors such as viscosity of liquid as well the operating heads relation to the discharge.  Centrifugal water pumps generally experience a peak midway through the flow rate which is called the peak efficiently and then it will decline again as the flow rate rises.  All this pump performance will be supplied by the manufacturer but remember that your pump will decline in efficiencies over time.

Submersible Utility Pump


The submersible pump generally has a hermetically sealed motor which is then close-coupled to a pump body.  When the entire device is submerged, then water can be pumped.  Unlike other high elevation pumps which are often prone to pump cavitation, the submersible utility pump does not fall victim to this due to the fact there is no difference between the pump and fluid surface.  The work of a submersible pump is to push the liquid to the surface which differs from the jet pumps which have to pull the water up.

There are many different uses for submersible pumps such as drainage, sewage as well as general industrial pumping and slurry pumping.  They are also used in your home aquariums and are also typically used to pump borehole water and water from wells.  Electrical submersible pumps are used extensively in the oil industry.  They are able to work at different flow rates and depths which make them extremely versatile and have both surface components as well as sub-surface components.

Features of submersible utility pumps include being manufactured from corrosion resistant thermoplastic or having an epoxy coated cast aluminum housing in order to protect the motor whilst submerged.  The power of the generator start from 1/4 horsepower and have varying lengths of hose.  Also take note of whether the models you are looking for have a removable inlet screen for easy of cleaning and if they are manual or automatic.  Finally, ensure that the device has adequate gallons per head evacuation abilities prior to making your purchase.

Utility Pump: – Types and Features


The main function of a utility pump is to pump large quantities of liquid as quickly as possible.  These devices are not, however meant to work continuously.  They may work on a particular timer or valve system whereby they pump water as required.  Most often, the utility pumps sold are manufactured from plastics such as thermoplastic or stainless steel which is housed in a lightweight and durable housing.

There are essentially two different types of utility pumps.  Those that are designed to pump abrasive materials such as chemicals, hazardous waste, highly viscous fluids, diesel fuel and gasoline as well as corrosive acids.  The other type of pump is designed to pump water, sewage and wastewater.

When selecting the right pump for yourself, there are a few key factors to take into consideration:-

1.  Choosing an automatic pump versus a manual system pump. An expert plumber like would be best to consult.  For manual systems, you are required to switch the pump on and off as you require it, whilst automatic pumps will turn on and off automatically as determined by water levels.  There are various switch devices including the pressure switch, low level pressure switch and float switch.

2.  The amount of horsepower that is available ranges from one quarter horsepower to extensive horsepower supply.

3.  Pressure is required to move the liquid.  The head pressure is defined as the expression of a pressure in terms of the height of fluid.  The equation looks like this p=ypg, where p is liquid density and y is the fluid column height.

Types of Utility Pumps

Dewatering Pumps are generally used for water pump applications.  It works best when moving liquid that has a maximum solid concentration of ten percent and a maximum solid size of less than twenty five percent of the diameter of the inlet.

Trash pumps are used for handling materials that have a higher solid concentration.

Centrifugal pumps make use of a centrifugal force to generate velocity.  Impellers that rotate are then used to increase this velocity in order to push the fluids through the outlet valve.  Magnetic drive pumps operate by way of an electromagnetic drive.

Hand pumps will generally have a lever or a handle that will require manual rotation in order to pump the liquid and Siphon pumps are also manually operated.  They make use of the gravitational flow, while drum pumps are manufactured to dispense the liquid contents of drums and tanks.

Various other pumps include:-
Fountain pumps
Pool pumps
Micro pumps
Bilge and ballast pumps
Refuelling pumps
Sump pumps
Water and Well Water Pumps

Features of Utility Pumps:-

When looking for a utility pump, you may want to look at the following features to ensure that you get the right performance level for your requirements.  Adjustable speeds will allow you to operate the pump at the optimum speed you require.  You can also choose a continuous duty pump which will continue to run for a 100% duty cycle.  Self-priming pumps maintain a vacuum that is able to draw fluid into the inlet without external assistance, but for the most part, your utility pump will include a battery backup, level control device, thermal overload protection or suction.

Prior to purchasing your utility pump look at the following specifications.  The inlet size is important when considering the material that you are going to be pumping as well as the overall discharge pressure and flow.  Your options for various power supplies will include alternating current, direct current, compressed air, diesel, gasoline, natural gas, solar energy and hydraulic systems amongst others. Alternatively you may opt for manual powered systems that will require foot or hand power.