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Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby Bobi73 » 06 May 2009 14:21

I was talking to a friend of mine at WaterAid the other day who mentioned that they do not want to use playpumps in any of their programs because they are worried that the children may stop playing and water would not be available for the community. Based on my own experience this sounds like madness to me - has anyone had any experience where the playpumps weren't being used?

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby FairWater » 01 Jun 2009 08:24

Unfortunately WaterAid is right, we also received many complaints about the sustainability of PlayPumps, seems they easily breakdown, are not repeared and children are fed-up after a while, woman dont like playing and just a little water comes out.

seems only in SA, some playpumps still work, we regret this because the initial idea is good.

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby Bobi73 » 01 Jun 2009 15:51

Fairwater, thanks for sharing your experience and there I was just about to try to get our fundraising department to start looking for private donors for a few pilot projects. The model just seemed too good to be true and the sort of thing that anyone would want to part with their hard earned cash to fund: kids + playing + safe water + sustainable cost recovery through advertising on the reservoir.

I have to say that roundabouts always made me feel queezy as child!

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby Josh » 09 Jun 2009 09:37

Span Pumps India have developed an Indian version of the playpumps by attaching of of Merrigoround mechanism to the handpumps. Now plans to manufacture 3000-5000 sets per year of Play pumps within next two years for domestic and global marketing with UNICEF Assistance. The main Clients shall be UNICEF State/Central Govt. Depts./Non Govt. Organizations etc.

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby Tweezer » 09 Jun 2009 13:50

Hey Fairwater, thanks for sharing your experience. Looks like the USG may have screwed up by awarding PlayPumps $16.4 million to install 4,000 pumps to up to 10 million people in Africa by 2010.

According to the PlayPumps website there are more than 1,000 PlayPump systems in five countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, providing clean drinking water to more than 1 million people in need. It would be interesting to have a consultant do a randomized evaluation and present the true reality of this approach before more people throw their money at the pipe dream of kids happily pumping water all day long..

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby FairWater » 04 Jul 2009 18:22

We had more complaints about Playpumps again, in Mozambique they tried, but is was a complete failure, due to the previous reasons mentionned (children dont want to play for water in the end, women get dizzy and only little water comes out, when the pump fails, nobody comes to repair, etc.).

We contacted Playpumps to inform them about this, and proposed to work together in case they will use our durable afripump with our school model of the Afripump system.

Our school model is as follows: We place the Afripump system on top of a small building, with a watertank inside the building. In that case, the tank will be filled by gravity with a durable handpump that needs no spare parts (see http://www.handpump.org). At the outside of the building, several water taps are available to supply more children or people at the time.

Their marketing is perfect, but the final idea does not work, unfortunately. Indeed, millions of US$ have been wasted already.. a pitty but ... TIA (This Is Africa...)

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby hulk101 » 05 Jul 2009 14:26

FairWater wrote:Our school model is as follows: We place the Afripump system on top of a small building, with a watertank inside the building.

Paul, does this mean the women or childen have to climb onto the roof to collect the water? Or only have to climb onto the roof when noone has been pumping for a while and the tank is dry? What if the roof isn't load bearing? Sounds like a good punishment for naughty schoolboys though - behave or I'll send you to go and pump the tank full!! :lol:

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby FairWater » 09 Jul 2009 16:21

Afripump schoolsystem pendulum Afipump

The children do NOT have to climb up of course, the system works with a kind of pendular handle, so you just keep your feet on the ground and swing the pendulum left and right. But the water comes out of the T-piece at about 2,5 m high. In fact, this is the most easy way of pumping and was already used in the netherlands some 100 years ago.

In the centre square of our house of parliament, in fact, we have such a pendulum handpump! however, because our politicians are more concerned about their own carier and not about african water problems, this was never noticed.

we are still looking for funding for this project, maybe you have an idea who want o go ahead with it?

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Re: Why WaterAid Won't Use Playpumps in Their Projects

Postby stuart » 10 Jul 2009 01:54

the mechanics of this system are still worthy of following up on. for example attaching a 5 or 6feet length of steel rod, and a cow or goat attached to it, with the old stick and carrot syndrome, and behold, animal driven pump. i heard this was done in Niger in the 90's by a private entrepreneur. does anyone have experience or knowledge of this working.

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