A Remote-Controlled Portable Water Source

Cosmo Catalano, Jr.


In a production at Penn State University we needed a working hand pump on stage. For various reasons, we could not hook up a hose to a sink or use a recirculating pump to supply the water. Furthermore, as the pump was used ad lib by performers during the show, we wanted to control the flow of water from the stage manager’s desk in the light booth. The pump we found could not draw water on its own.

We were, therefore, presented with two problems — the supply source for the water, and the remote control of the flow. We chose not to use a Hudson-type sprayer for the supply source because we were concerned with the potability of water from a device not designed for that use. We decided ...

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