Pump History Over The Years

Evolution of Water Pumps over the Centuries Worldwide

Evolution of Water Pumps over the Centuries Worldwide

Ever since 2000 BC when the Egyptians invented the shadoof, a pump used to draw water from wells, the pump has been a key component over everyday industrial life.  Here are many other types of pumps invented since then, along with some of their most common dewatering applications.  The wide variety of pumps today make it impossible for us to include them all.


200 BC

Screw Pump

  • Irrigation systems
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Oil and gas

screw pump


200 BC

Reciprocating Pump

Water treatment

  • Sewage
  • Hydraulic Systems

davinci pump



Gear Pump

  • High viscosity fluids
  • Precise transfer
  • Metering
  • Hydraulic fluid power



Rotary Gear Pump

  • Engine lubrication



Piston Vacuum Pump

  • Complete molding
  • Printing presses
  • Glass and stone cutting
  • Water



Centrifugal Pump

  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Fire protection
  • Heating and cooling
  • Food and beverage
  • Chemical

centrifugal pump



Diaphragm Pump

  • Food and beverage
  • Construction
  • Coal and mining

diaphragm pump



Concrete Volute Pump

  • Flood control systems
  • Land irrigation and drainages
  • Water cooling, intake, transfer


Join us next week when we continue on with Vane Pumps which were invented in 1874!