ROVAI Rope Pump

Ideas at Work

ROVAI Rope Pump Contact Solution Provider

Solution Overview & Benefits

Ideas at work, in conjunction with project partner Resource Development International (RDI), have developed the Cambodian version of the popular rope pump. Our standard 'RP6' model is simple to install, operate and maintain and has been designed to fit on hand dug wells and bore holes (or drilled wells) - one design fits both.

ROVAI is Khmer for "turning something by hand". The pump is made from stock steel which is protected with a 3-part paint system, and is also fitted with stainless steel nuts and bolts which makes the ROVAI a very durable low-cost pump.

The standard RP6 model comes with 8 meter of piping and a cement cover. This makes it ideal for improving and protecting open hand dug wells. All pumps come with an operation and maintenance manual (Khmer language) which contains numerous step by step line drawings making it easy to follow. This and other manuals in both Khmer and English can be downloaded from the Ideas at Work website.

Flow rates are typically around 40ltr at 5m deep (with 28mm pistons). Ideas at Work partners with Resource Development International and has offices on both Cambodia and the Netherlands. Contact details of Dutch office: Zandstraat 31 5529 AP Casteren Netherlands Ph: +31 4976 81854, +31 2264 51286 or +31 6539 72569

History & Development

All materials used for the Rovai pumps can be found in Cambodian markets so this makes spare parts problems a thing of the past.


Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Cambodia, and the asia region
Price (USD): from US$99
Available online: yes
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: yes
Countries where spare parts can be purchased: spare parts can be purchased at the local market


Dimensions: 42mm or 28mm (depending on flow rate required)

Additional Information

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