Pump Hire

Water and Waste Pumping

With more than 160 years’ of experience in providing temporary pumps to the water industry and its contractors, Sykes Pumps has the resources and expertise to meet the demands of any application. Our experience has allowed us to develop an unrivalled understanding of the unique problems faced by those working with water companies, either directly or indirectly, and establish ourselves as the UK’s leading specialist pump hire company.

Our Experience

As the country’s longest established pump hire provider, we use our experience to provide our customers with the most sophisticated and cost-efficient innovations available. We understand that infrastructure doesn’t sleep, so by being a genuine 24 hours a day business, our engineers can deliver the level of service demanded across the whole of the UK, whatever time day or night. Whether you seek technical advice, equipment recommendations or urgent assistance , Sykes Pumps will deliver on all counts.

Our pumping specialists have specific experience of your sector which has been developed over many years. As such, we can be relied upon to provide a workable solution to the most challenging of problems. All pumping solutions are devised with budget constraints, application needs and any other limiting factors in mind, ensuring the most efficient, appropriate hire package is installed on your site.

We understand the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations, particularly where water and waste are concerned, and we employ a specialist team to ensure that we are constantly exceeding the expected standards. Our efforts have earned us all the relevant ISO standards and we continue to innovate to ensure our clients are at the forefront of their own sectors. As an example, we were the first to offer an environmental pump for hire which runs on bio-diesel.


The need to divert a flow of water or waste is a common yet challenging problem our clients face on a regular basis. This may be the result of a leak in a water pipe or sewer main, or simply the need to undertake work due to local construction projects.

Whatever the requirement, we have a wealth of experience in managing these difficult applications.

We always begin the process with site meetings between our specialists, site managers and the end user client, if appropriate. At this stage, different ways of approaching the problem based on criteria such as local conditions (especially residential and traffic considerations), flow rates and accessabilty will be discussed with the best option offered for consideration.

Options would include the different advantages or otherwise of submersible versus diesel pumps, the size and quantity of the pumps, the size and positioning of pipework and considerations such as automatic control of the pumps and site attendance by our engineers. Once the solution is agreed the relevant risk assessments and method statements will be prepared for sign off and the delivery date and time agreed.
From that point on our clients can relax, safe in the knowledge that the project will be managed by the Sykes Pumps team.

There will be times when, due to the result of infrastructure damage or failure, there is simply not the time to consider and discuss all the different options, especially when the problem occurs at an unsociable hour or during peak times. In these circumstances we are just one phone call away, whatever the time of day or night, and will use our expertise to resolve the immediate problem with the minimum of fuss. Once the temporary solution is in place, we will then review how the system could perhaps be improved to either reduce the hire costs or improve site conditions.

Guide Rail Adaption

At Sykes we understand that our customers purchase or inherit electric submersible pumps from a range of manufacturers. Whilst we cannot hold every pump type and size manufactured, we profile our fleet to match the most common units in the market and hold accessory components so that our pumps can be adapted to suit most situations.

Guide rail installation presents a particular challenge of having pumps to match the installed coupling system, and this is why we have invested considerable time in designing our guide rail adaption kits to make our fleet as universal as possible. This ensures our pumps can easily replace whichever type of sewage pump is being removed.

As standard, our XFP ranges of waste water pumps are ATEX approved for use in gas Zone II hazardous areas and are fitted with premium efficiency IE3 rated motors making our fleet extremely versatile. Whether you need a temporary pump whilst your own is under repair or whilst you await a replacement unit, call Sykes Pumps for an immediate solution. For more information on our service and how your business can benefit, call us now on 0800 211 611.

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Our range

General Purpose Pumps

Our automatic self-priming GP pumps can handle clean water, sludge and slurry, offering flexible solutions in a multitude of scenarios

Super Silenced Range

The Sykes range of silenced pumps provides clients with a number of durable units suitable for deployment in noise-sensitive applications

High Performance

Capable of flow rates of up to 375 l/s, these high performance pumps are ideal for specialist applications including jetting, pipe flushing and firefighting

Bentonite Pumps

Our Bentonite range features heavy duty pumps that have been manufactured with slurries and testing environments in mind

Submersible Drainage Pumps

Offering variable capacities and easy handling, our submersible drainage range is frequently used on quarries, mines and shipyards

Submersible Wastewater

Featuring more than twenty unique pumps, our submersible wastewater range offers cost-efficient pumping with flow rates up to 440 l/s

Submersible Sludge Pumps

Sykes’ submersible sludge pumps are intended for applications where the fluid present contains solids or has a higher viscosity than water

Hydraulic Submersible

Strong and lightweight, our hydraulic submersible pumps are perfect for hazardous environments where suction lifts exceed nine metres

Air Pumps

Known as pneumatic pumps, these hardwearing air units are recognised for their exceptional reliability and capacity to operate dry

Hoses and Accessories

We stock a full range of ancillary equipment including hoses, valves, control panels, steel pipes, polythene tubing, flow metres and road ramps

Environmental Equipment

This modern range allows clients to uphold their environmental responsibilities and move water, wastewater and sludge in sensitive areas