Operating Principles

Double Valve Pump Operating Principles

When the Solinst Double Valve Pump (DVP) is placed in a well or borehole, water rises inside the pump and the twin tubes to static level. A Control Unit is used to deliver compressed gas to the pump. During the drive period the gas pushes down on the water column contained in the drive line tubing, closing the check valve at the base of the pump. This forces water up the sample line tubing.

A vent period, during which the gas is released, allows hydrostatic pressure to refill the pump and drive line with sample water. The top check valve prevents water in the sample line from falling back into the pump body. This pressurization and vent cycle is repeated manually or automatically as set by the timers on the Control Unit. The cycle may be regulated for purging or sampling.



Tube fittings are based on use of 3/8" drive line and 1/4" sample line. An extra 1/4" tubing stem is supplied if dual 1/4" tubing is preferred, or when using a portable reel.

Portable Sampling Setup


solinst portable double valve pump sampling setup