Water grants 2015: ram pumps and associated pipework (LV6)

Eligibility and requirements for ram pumps and associated pipework.

This guidance was withdrawn on

Capital items for improving water quality are now available through the Mid Tier of Countryside Stewardship.

Farmers and other land managers can apply for water grants.

Read the accompanying guidance to find out more about Countryside Stewardship water grants 2015.

How much will be paid

£1480 per unit.

Where the item is available

This item is only available in Catchment Sensitive Farming target areas. It can only be used on sites where livestock are unable to access stream or surface waters.

When this item can’t be used

This item can’t be used to replace existing equipment in the same location.

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will provide livestock with an alternative to drinking from watercourses. It will reduce bank erosion, sediment pollution and the faecal contamination of watercourses.


Applicants must send dated photographs of the existing site with their application for this item.

On the land

Successful applicants will need to:

  • set the ram pump on a firm base made out of a 150mm thick slab of concrete or a 150mm layer of consolidated hardcore;
  • install a suitable water collection facility, sediment tank (if necessary), drive pipe (supplying pump), pump chamber, pump, and delivery pipe; and
  • make sure that all the works meet the relevant British Standards.

Keeping records

Successful applicants will need to keep:

  • dated photographs of the site after the works have taken place (submit these with any claim and show them on request). The photographs will need to show the water collection facility, sediment tank (if necessary), drive pipe (supplying pump), pump chamber, pump and delivery pipe, depth of the hardcore or concrete and the completed hardstanding with the ram pump in place; and
  • receipted invoices and bank statements relating to this work.

How to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully.

How to use a ram pump

A ram pump uses the power of flowing water to pump a smaller quantity of water at a much higher pressure. Ram pumps don’t need fuel or electricity as they run entirely on water. A ram pump can be used to pump fresh water from a stream to a head tank or reservoir.

Where to install the pump

The pump should be installed on a site with enough hydraulic head and a consistent water supply throughout the year.

How to operate the pump

Ram pumps can pump over large distances, but they need a buffer tank at the top of the system. The water entering the pump must have a low sediment content, or the resulting abrasion will lead to excessive wear and tear. The amount of sediment can be reduced by using a sedimentation tank.

This item can be used with item LV8 - Pipework associated with livestock troughs.

Published 2 March 2015