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Sunshine Powers Water Pumps in Tanzania PDF Print E-mail
MarthaNjamas18KisawareSecondarySchoolTanzaniaMartha Njamas is 18 and boards at Kisarawe Secondary School, just under two hour's drive from Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. Even at school, like so many women and girls in developing countries, Martha was tasked with the time-consuming chore of collecting water.Then in January, Water For All donated a solar water pump supported by funds from the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Presidentís Emergency Plan for AIDSRelief (PEPFAR).

Martha said, "Before the Sun Pump, we had to walk five kilometres to the nearest village to get water and used a hand pump. It was always breaking.Ē Now Martha, along with the other 800 students at the school, obtains clean drinking water on the school grounds with the simple turn of a tap.

The Sun Pump uses the power of the sun to drive a submersible electric pump. The helicalrotor pumps are among the most efficient and simple pumps in the world with only one moving part. Ideal for boreholes with a high yield, the pump is capable of producing between 8,000-30,000 litres of water a day. Each pump is powered by three solar panels.

Stephen Luoga, a teacher at the school said, "Water has made the school into the center of the community. People in the community used to have to collect water from far away but now, we not only have water for the school but people come on weekends to wash clothes as well."

The Aboudjumbe Secondary School is not far from Kisarawe and is also expanding rapidly. Michael Rshemili, a teacher at the school, said the students and teachers had relied on an "open well with a two to three litre bucket, 1.5 kilometres away." It was the only water supply for the school with over 1000 students. "The water wasn't safe" Michael said. "Now the students have clean water and save lots of time because they donít have to fetch it. The water is safe." The five year old school is planning is first vegetable garden.

In keeping with its approach to donate pumps to schools and communities with viable boreholes, the Temeke Local Council agreed to drill a new borehole for the schoolís Sun Pump,which also was donated with support from USAID. Nurdin Pahala, a technician from the Works Department, said, "The partnership between the local council, school and Water For All is the type we would like to see repeated." Sharif Yusuph, a technician from the EngineeringDepartment of the Temeke Local Council said, "Solar pumps are a fantastic idea becausethereís no electricity in this area but even if there were, this design would save us on costs."