Solar powered water pumping systems avail many opportunities for communities in rural Africa.
According to the United Nations, 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and contaminated water. These are preventable deaths.
This situation is exacerbated in rural communities where, according to a WASH report, people are five times more likely to be without clean drinking water and more than twice as likely to have no access to adequate sanitation as those in urban areas.
In many rural communities, people have to walk long distances to find clean water.
“The other alternative are boreholes but the difficulty here was that people would wait in long queues to have access to the water,” says Joram Kato, a technician from TASS.
Using solar powered pumps, a community is able to get up to 30,000 litres of water per day. This increases the number of people that can access clean water conveniently.
“Installing solar powered water pumping systems has solved the problem, in many rural areas of people using unsafe water from swamps.”
Expressing her gratitude for a job well done, Jes Adoch, a representative from the local council had this to say, “The villagers shared water with animals but now they all have access to clean safe water thanks to a solar water system recently installed by TASS in our community.”