|FairWater: durable handpumps for low-cost operation|
FairWater promotes sustainable BlueZones in Africa
FairWater replaces broken down handpumps in Africa with the reliable BluePump. We make BlueZones that are supported by professional local Water Service Providers (WSP) in collaboration with our partner organizations in Africa (Oxfam, UNICEF, IRD, ASAP, CSC, ADRA, Samatarian Purse, etc.).
The FairWater BlueZone approach is gives the donors the best guarantee that the handpumps are maintained. For each € 2.500,- FairWater replaces a broken down handpump by a BluePump. Sonsors can have their logo and own page on this website as well.
The FairWater BlueZone approach creates safe & afordable water points. At the same time, we create long term jobs in Africa.
Why is funding still needed?
Click here for the video of the Bill Gates 15M US$ study.
Over 350.000 handpumps have been installed in Africa, but UNICEF/ SKAT data show that in most countries 40% to sometimes up to over 70% of these handpumps are abandoned. 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?
Let the people decide what is best for them ...
What about the MDG's??
Problems in deeper boreholes
Thee 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"....
Money down the drain ....
Why do VLOM pumps break down ?
Most VLOM pumps break down due to relatively "small issues". One of the main problems is caused by such "simple" parts like a rubber seal on the pluger of the pump (see picture below). It may be just a "simple" rubber seal, but it is very difficult to replace, because it is located deep inside the well. Therefore the whole pump must be taken apart and sooner or later the re-installation goes wrong. To make matters worse, many of those "simple" part are often not locally available, do not fit right or are put in wrongly, or cost a fortune on the local black market for spares. The result is that in the end people give up and the pumps is abandoned.
Statistics show that handpumps in Africa have an average functional life of about 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 majority of the handpumps that work are from recent projects.
FairWater solution really works: Reliable BluePumps in a BlueZone
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. The BluePump is therefore now considered by international experts as the most suitable and vertile community handpump for Africa for all depth. Therefore the BluePump is rapidly becoming popular with the users and with serious NGOs, mainly due to it's reliable operation, but also already famous for higher water output, light pumping and professional low-cost back up in case of a "Murphy" problem.
Unique innovative Sponsor Concept
This also offers excellent business opportunities for Mobile Phone companies or Banks,
The message can be either screened or painted on the cap or put on the frontside of the pump on a plate that is secured on the cap with 4 rivets.
FairWater school BluePump with advertising in Burkina Faso
The most cost-effective way to help communities and schools with sustainable water supply is to rehabilitate broken down handpumps and not to drill new expensive boreholes. Imagine, to make a new borehole cost between 10.000 to 20.000 US$, but with a rehabiliation, the old borehole can still be used and only the price of the pump and installation needs to be paid.
FairWater itself has a focus on schools to rehab abandoned handpumps with the BluePump in our water4schools program. Click on the menu left to see our results. Obviously, we cannot rehab every broken pump in Africa ourselves, for that we need the support of strong sponsors like Bill Gates? Contact us if you also want to support a rehab of a broken school pump.
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