Be part of the solution

For over 25 years we hear: “every 20 seconds a child dies from water problems“; we donated billions, but water problems are getting worse, Africa is becoming a graveyard for handpumps; over 200.000 handpumps are not working anymore.

See the video below that explains what is going on and why we have to change the approach in Africa with handpumps…

The situation is this: Basically, there is no lack of safe water, there is more than enough clean & safe water in the ground. The key questions is therefore, “what is the most cost-effective way to get this clean groundwater to the surface; THAT is the issue.

We say: “Using better pumps makes sense, doesn’t it?”

What goes wrong? Click here.

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People have no water because of broken pumps.
Unfortunately, these poor quality pumps in Africa are often recommended by the local government, although they break down all the time. But yes, also in Africa quality matters (Click here for more reading)

What is the solution?
Obviously, people need better handpumps and also a better repair system. FairWater, therefore, developed (with Oxfam) an innovative, reliable handpump, the BluePump, that last a lifetime and is easy and cheap to maintain. To keep them working over time, we introduced the “BlueZone” in which one Pump Mechanic takes responsibility for installation & maintenance and gets paid to do so.

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The “Blue Revolution”
The good news is, that more and more governments and NGOs start using BluePumps now. Already over 1.200 BluePumps provide clean water to over 500.000 people, every day in Africa. It’s called the “Blue Revolution in Africa.” Where BluePumps arrive, water problems leave and people are happy!

What can you do?
Of course, it’s all about funding. But we understand that your first reaction is not to give a donation to FairWater today. You have probably not yet heard from us anyway. So just think about what we say and read on about what we do. Search the internet for “BluePump” and read about our work. Actions speak louder than words.

And next time, when you want to donate to Africa, think about FairWater and how your donation can make a real difference with durable BluePumps. Please only donate to NGOs that use durable BluePumps, that will make the difference in Africa, see also the section of “our Partners.’

We are transparent and effective: 100% of your donation will go to our local partners (e.g. Oxfam UK) projects to send them more BluePumps (Click here for more info).

Let’s stop the Pump Crisis (How? Click here)

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Broken Rusting Pumps” is killing children all over Africa.

The Handpump Crisis is well documented by a SKAT/UNICEF in a report from 2010 (see summary below). The good news is that today, with the reliable BluePump, we can solve the Water Crisis in Africa once and for all.

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How you can help? (click here)

With a donation to Fairwater, you can subsidize part of the cost of a BluePump. This helps our partner NGOs to buy more BluePumps to replace more broken India pumps, see picture below.

Our “Bottles & Pumps” Program:

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Every BluePump comes with free water bottles for school-kids, thanks to

How? We put these durable water bottles in the pipes of the BluePump, so they arrive automatically in the community when the BluePump is installed. 

Do you like our practical approach?  Join us on Facebook (Click here) or sponsor a BluePump for Oxfam (Click here).

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BluePumps are strong & reliable and last a lifetime. That is what poor people need to come out of poverty.

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Rehabilitation with a durable BluePump is cost-effective; a new expensive well is not needed.


Donors can see their sponsored BluePumps on our Google Map (click here).


Local partners
Local Partners install & maintain the BluePumps. This creates trust, local employment, and low-cost sustainable operation.


Track record
See for instance our Sanex Zero%  project; we replaced in The Gambia 50 broken pumps by a BluePump, serving now 25.000+ people.


10 Strong points for BluePumps:

1. Bluepump piston has no rubber seal. Other pumps have seals that wear out.

2. BluePumps have 2 stainless steel, long lasting foot valves. Other pumps have only one 1 foot valve.

3. BluePumps use quality PVC pipes and stainless steel rods. Other pumps have serious rusting problems.

4. BluePumps have heavy duty bearings lasting 10+ years. Other pumps have fragile (plastic) bearings.

5. BluePump rods use long lasting, floating double centralizers to make pumping easy.

6. BluePumps are reliable up to 100m deep. Other pumps fail beyond 40m.

7. BluePumps are lighter to operate and produce more water.

8. BluePumps are easy to install & maintain with only standard tools. Other pumps need special tools.

9. BluePumps are installed & maintained by local dealers and in-country service.

10. BluePumps are cheap (less 25 US$ per year) to operate; Other pumps need up to 500,- US$ per year.

For more info about the amazing BluePump?  Click here or contact us.

Testimonial:  See the video from Gambia below how the people appreciate the BluePump.


“Development starts with durable BluePumps
and BlueBottles for children:

The most cost-effective and sustainable
solution to solve water problems in Africa

Click here to make a donation.

NGOs that want to start using durable BluePumps are very welcome to become a FairWater Partner and obtain sponsored BluePumps.

Do you like our practical no-nonsense approach? Join us on Facebook (Click here) or sponsor a BluePump for Oxfam (Click here).

Contact us for more details.