Villagepump in Mali
Implementation of the Villagepump in rural areas in Mali
Category: Clean water
2012-01-30 16:39 by Dries de Kater, Villagepump, via web
Getting water is the work of women and children. Here the children stand in line. Although the water looks clear it is definitely contaminated with bacteria, viruses and in this case with different sorts of metals, as the lab report suggests.
2012-01-30 16:32 by Dries de Kater, Villagepump, via web
2012-01-30 16:30 by Dries de Kater, Villagepump, via web
One of the Mali Biocarburant sites where a Villagepump will be installed
Two of our representatives visited Mali (January 16th until January 22nd) and Mali Biocarburant (our beneficiary) in order to make preparations for our project. A location study was done, water samples from these locations were taken and many things more. A more comprehensive article on our findings will be published soon.
- Establishing lasting cooperation produce/sell Villagepump
- Implementing a distribution network for the Villagepump
- Building reference as solution toremove waterborne pathogens
- Produce a model for a local maintenance organization
- Test different business models exploiting the Villagepump
The goal of the pilot project is to establish a successful cooperation between (Dutch) companies, producing, selling and distributing innovative compact and mobile water treatment systems wherever fresh surface water is available in rural areas all over the world.
Details of current status
The Villagepump 700 has been introduced at the Aquatech Amsterdam, beginning of November 2011. The product has received widespread interest due to its outstanding features.
The preparations for the implementation in Mali (beginning of March 2012) are on schedule. A team of our people will visit Mali in January 2012 to finalize the project plan and its implementation.
Details of project plan
During the project a complimentary cooperation agreement will be signed between two or more Dutch companies to establish a lasting relationship with the mutual ambition to produce and sell the Villagepump.
With suppliers of certain components agreements will be closed to strengthen the supply chain.
As this is a demonstration project, the requirements for and the engineering of the Villagepump will be amended, based on the location study. Five almost identical installations will be produced and tested in the Netherlands, after which they will be transported and installed in five different areas in Mali.
In Mali itself a maintenance organization will be founded and trained. Besides this, a local campaign will be developed to enhance the adoption of the Villagepump and its advantages. During the project the quality of the used surface water, as well as the produced drinking water, will be strictly monitored through regular lab tests.
The results of all these activities will be published on a weblog and wiki (internet) application (password protected).
Further the participants will develop and test several business models in order to establish how the Villagepump can be exploited in a profitable way (including the necessary investments).
The project will be concluded by a final report, detailing all the ‘lessons learned’. This report will be published through several communication channels.
Spin off and market impact
This project presents new market opportunities for the participating partners and other parties in the Dutch water sector.
The main innovative features are:
- At least 700 litres of pure, clean and cool drinking water per hour
- Water quality meets WHO standards
- No need for an external power source
- Geared to small communities of up to 500 people where fresh surface water is available
- Completely mechanical, self cleaning (automatic backwash) and mobile
- Modular design with minimal maintenance needs or costs
Leading solution for rural areas without requiring external power source
The VILLAGEPUMP 700 yields at least 700 litres of fully purified, cool drinking water an hour or over 5.5 m3 per day, all of the qualities that meets WHO standards. Each Villagepump employs multi-stage filtering that reduce diseases by removing waterborne pathogens that can cause diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and hepatitis. The units can operate from all forms of surface water, including ponds, lakes and streams.
The VILLAGEPUMP 700 is ideal as a compact mobile water treatment system wherever fresh surface water is available or with water storage systems (e.g. rainwater harvesting). Pure water can be directly dispensed without the need to any intermediate storage facility.
Durable & Dependable
Built using proven technology and without any vulnerable electronics, the pump is fully mechanical and hand-powered. The use of robust materials gives an expected life span of at least 10 years with normal use. As the mechanical components are assembled in a modular manner, the VILLAGEPUMP 700 is very easy to maintain and exceptionally user-friendly. Above all, the use of modular components facilitates easy assembly and production can be locally subcontracted. Component parts are easily disassembled and made of recyclable materials.
Filtering is performed in two stages: 1) pre-filtering: binds any heavy metals and restores the water’s flavour, colour and smell. 2) Ultra filtering: this technology is based on membrane techniques removing bacteria, viruses, protozoa and cysts, while still allowing vital minerals to pass through. The membrane filter employs a self-cleansing ‘smart valves’ (backwash). A patent is pending.