|FairWater: durable handpumps for low-cost operation|
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Why are BluePumps needed?
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Over 350.000 handpumps have been installed in Africa, but UNICEF/ SKAT data show that in most countries 40%, in some areas even over 80% of thepumps don't work anymore. Most of the abandoned pumps are so-called "VLOM" pumps made in India. VLOM means that the community should maintain them without external support.
What is the best way forward?
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What about the MDG's??
Problems are worse in deep boreholes
There is an underlying, even deeper problem to solve...
... "However, not only has progress been slow, but, more shamefully, many of the constructed services have not continued to work over time"....
... "Thousands of people, who once benefited from a safe drinking water supply, now walk past broken handpumps or taps and back to their traditional, dirty water point. Despite the best intentions, the fact is that we, sector professionals and practitioners, have contributed towards the problem in numerous ways" ...
The same report also highlights the underlying main problem, which is that many NGOs have become fundraising institutes and lost focus to invest in more sustainable solutions:
... "Nevertheless, most of us carry on as before. A rehabilitation programme tends to use the same management and maintenance principles and training"....
Why do VLOM pumps break down so fast ?
Statistics show that handpumps in Africa have an average functional life of maximal 3 to 5 years; This means, that each year about 10.000 handpumps need to be replaced, which is an equivalent loss of funding of about 150.000.000 US$ per year, or nearly 500.000 US$ per day...
Girl showing the killer ; the rubber seal on the plunger ...
The handpumps that work are from recent projects.
FairWater BluePump solution works
The BluePump is extreamly strong and reliable and can be maintained at low-cost without the need for such a critical spare part as a "simple" rubber seal. It is therefore now considered by international experts as the most suitable and vertile community handpump for Africa for all depth. The BluePump is rapidly becoming popular with the users and with serious NGOs, due to it's reliable operation, higher water output andlighter pumping.
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Obviously, we cannot rehab every broken pump in Africa ourselves, for that we need that other NGOs will also take up the approach of rehabilitaion rather than drilling new holes.
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