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Hand Pump Repair

Learn to Repair Broken Hand Pumps

Tens of thousands of hand pumps in the developing world remain idle for want of simple repairs. These broken hand pumps create a need for access to safe water.
You can be a part of the solution. Even with limited mechanical ability, you can learn how to
repair the most common hand pumps, including INDIA MARK (II and III), AFRI-DEV, Bush
pumps, and more.

You should attend the hand pump repair course if:

  • You do water- or sanitation-related work in developing countries.
  • You are involved in humanitarian and relief work.
  • You are involved in short- or long-term mission trips.
  • You drill wells and want to add pump repair to your set of skills.
  • You are preparing for work, projects and endeavors similar to Peace Corps service.

You will learn:

  • Various types hand pumps.
  • The hand pump makes and models commonly found in the developing world.
  • Hand pump construction and operation.
  • Hand pump repair tools.
  • How to pull hand (cylinder) pumps.
  • How to repair cylinder pumps.
  • Background on well-drilling methods and water well construction.
  • How to disinfect water wells.
  • How to retrieve items dropped down a well.

See our Training page to find out more about registration and dates, and learn how to provide access to safe water sources.

Helpful Hand Pump Info
Check out our educational materials to learn more about why hand pump repair is important and how our training and technology can improve access to safe.

How Three Hand Pump Revolutionized Rural Water Supplies PDF

WaterStep Team Repairs Hand Pumps in Kenya to Improve Access to Safe Water

Our Guest Blogger Shares Experience Training to Repair Hand Pumps 

Boston marathon winner and Kenya Parliament member Welsey Korir explains to WaterStep staff why he loves hand pump repair.