How to Set Up a Water Pump

19 April 2023
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Water pumps are widely used in Australia for various applications, including irrigation, water supply, firefighting, and construction. This blog post will discuss the general steps for setting up a water pump.

Choosing the Location

The first step in setting up a water pump is to choose the location where it will be installed. The location should be suitable for the pump's intended use and take into account factors such as the water source, the volume of water, and the terrain. For example, if the pump is used to drain a flooded hole on a construction site, the location should be close to the hole. Ideally, pipes should be positioned so they run along the lowest points in the terrain to remove the need to pump water uphill.

Installing the Suction Line

The suction line is the pipe that connects the pump to the water source. It should be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions, with the appropriate fittings and valves. The suction line should be as short and straight as possible and should be placed below the water level to ensure that the pump can properly prime itself.

Installing the Discharge Line

The discharge line carries the water from the pump to the desired location. It should also be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions, with the appropriate fittings and valves. The discharge line should be properly supported to prevent damage or leaks and should be placed so that it does not create any tripping hazards.

Priming the Pump

Priming the pump involves filling the pump and suction line with water to remove any air pockets. The specific priming process will depend on the model of the pump and should be outlined in the manufacturer's instructions. Some pumps may have a self-priming feature, while others may require manual priming.

Turning on the Power

Once the pump is primed, you can start the engine and get things going. Once started, the pump should start pulling water from the source and pushing it through the discharge line. It is important to monitor the pump to ensure that it is functioning properly and that the water flow rate is meeting the intended requirements.


By following the manufacturer's instructions and taking the necessary precautions, you can set up your pump safely and efficiently. Remember, choosing the right location, installing the suction and discharge lines properly, priming the pump, and monitoring the pump are all important steps in this process. For more information on pumps like Davey pumps, contact a company near you.