How to Build a Water Wheel Pump

Water wheels have been used through time. They are used to pump water as the name suggests, but they are also used in producing energy to slice wood and also churn grain. Water wheel pumps can be utilized to pump water to rural area where clean drinking water may not be so readily available. It’s a great alternative to traditional machinery such as bore pumps. There are some cases when you’d need to call a well drilling service to find your reservoir of water. Well drilling can help increase the flow of the water for your water pump, so make sure that you call well drilling services before starting your project. Continue reading below to find out how to build one.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Buckets
  • Wooden Boards/ Cardboard
  • Writing Utensils
  • Wooden Skewere

Necessary Tools

  • Nails
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • Design
  • Scissors
  • Protractor

Sewing Pins



You will need to take good measure to design the water wheel pump properly. Use wooden posts or cardboard to make your design. Draw a line 2” in from the edge of the wooden post. Divide the line into 10 equal parts. You will use these for your paddles. Use the protractor to draw two circles. The center of your circles is the place that the axel will join to the two other parts of the machinery you’re going to construct. These parts should all be marked in respect to the size of your water wheel pump. You want to make sure it is well balanced. This is important. These measurements should be accurate. The oilfield experts at can aid your drilling and rig problems.

Constructing the Stand

Design a stand for the new water wheel. This step does not require as much technical knowhow as the other steps. You can put as much height here as you desire. The common shape is two big triangles that are made stable with supporting posts. You can add a base if you desire. It’s optional. The water wheel should fit inside the grooves on the stand.

Cutting the Sides

Cut the wooden posts you marked in the beginning. Use a saw.


The paddles should be positioned at 40 degree angles from the two halves of the water wheel. Glue the paddles into position. Pass a skewer into the middle of the sides of the water wheel.

Joing the Stand and Water Wheel

Put the water wheel on the stand. You can utilize the water wheel to supply water to parts of your garden or other areas.

Attaching Buckets

Attach some buckets to the axle of your water wheel. Monitor how well it is performing. When you are satisfied with the water wheel pump it is ready to use.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use reason you have to build a water pump to determine how ig the water pumps should be. Ensure the stand is build sturdy enough to enough to support the weight of the water wheel pump.
  • Use all tools carefully and ensure your hands are safe by using gloves.
  • It would be great to have a call card of a well pump repair service to help you out in case your mechanisms get damaged.
  • Make sure to get well drilling services to find that water reservoir before building that water pump.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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