Booster Pump

A booster pump boosts water pressure and, in many cases, improves the flow rate. A booster pump works just like a fan. A fan has blades that spin around to increase air movement, and a booster pump has an impeller inside that increases water flow and pressure in the same fashion. These pumps are extremely useful when you know how and where to use them. The uses of these pumps are many, and it’s even a necessity for applications like watering your lawn or garden using an irrigation or sprinkler system, or for increasing water pressure in a multi-story building or apartment complex.

How do booster pumps work? Most are centrifugal pumps, relying upon one or more impellers to draw the pumped fluid into the intake of the pump, and to boost its pressure as the fluid passes through the impeller and the volute or diffuser casing. These pumps can be controlled by a pressure tank and pressure switch, with a Cycle Stop Valve. As with a well pump, a booster pump system must be able to produce enough flow for peak demands, as well as deliver minimum flow rates when required.

What is the difference between a jet pump and a booster pump? The booster relies on a flow sensor to turn on and off and has a built in delay timer. A jet pump needs a pressure switch and a pressure tank nearby.

Reverse osmosis systems usually operate under 40-60 psi of pressure. If your water pressure is lower than this, you may need a booster pump. Even if your pressure does meet the requirements, a pump may still help you receive satisfactory water flow.

The most efficient pumps are “positive displacement” pumps, which pump a fixed amount of water with each rotation. If it is cloudy or early morning, the pump will receive less energy and run more slowly, but with no loss of efficiency—so at half speed, it simply pumps half the amount of water at the same pressure.

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