The India Mark II Pump is a robust conventional lever action handpump. It is designed for heavy-duty use, serving communities of 300 persons. The maximum recommended lift is 50 m.

The India Mark II is a public domain pump defined by Indian Standards and RWSN specifications. The India Mark II pump is not corrosion resistant.

It requires special skills for installation as well as for the maintenance; it is not considered to be a VLOM pump.

National Standards

Indian Bureau of Standards:

  • IS 8035:1999  Handpump - Shallow Well
  • IS 12732: Deepwell Handpump - Nomenclature Identification and Packaging of Components
  • IS 15500 : Part 1 to 8: 2004 - Deepwell handpumps components and special tools


The INDIA Mark II Pump is a conventional lever action handpump and is subject to Indian Standard IS 9301. This pump has a pump head, pump stand and a handle of galvanised steel. The down hole components exist of a brass lined cast iron cylinder with a footvalve and a plunger of brass.
The plunger has a double nitrile rubber cup seal, the rising main is a Ø32 mm GI pipe and the pump rods are of galvanised steel with threaded connectors. This pump is not corrosion resistant and should not be used in areas with aggressive water ( pH value < 6.5).

Local manufacturing

All “above ground components” have a potential for local manufacturing, all the other parts need a high degree of quality control to ensure a reliable operation. The cost of the tooling requirement is substantial and therefore the number of manufacturer will be limited.


The installation of the INDIA Mark II Pump need well trained area mechanics or a mobile team with lifting tackle and comprehensive tool kit.


Pump head galvanised steel
Handle galvanised steel
Pump stand galvanised steel
Pump rods galvanised steel
Rising main galvanised GI pipe
Pump cylinder cast iron / brass
Plunger/footvalve brass

Technical data

Cylinder diameter (mm):  63.5
Maximum Stroke (mm):  125
Approx. discharge at about 75 watt input m3/h: at 10 m head 1.8
  at 15 m head 1.3
  at 20 m head 1.0
  at 25 m head 0.9
  at 30 m head 0.8
Pumping lift (m): 10 – 50
Population served (nos.): 300
Households (nos.): 30
Water consumption (lpcd): 15 – 20
Type of well: borehole


This pump has limited “Community Management Potential”, but it is reliable and popular with the communities. To service the INDIA Mark II Pump skills and tools are needed which exceeds the ability of a village-level caretaker. However trained area mechanics can successfully maintain the pump.


The INDIA Mark II is a public domain handpump.

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