Why people have no water ?

Over 80% of the people in rural Africa depend on a community handpump for their water supply. However, studies show that on average, these handpumps break down every 3 to 4 month. The cost of each repair ranges from about US$ 25,- to US$ 100,- That means that the maintenance cost for those handpump are between US$ 200,- and US$ 400,- per year.

Often these poor communities cannot afford this. Therefore each year about 25.000 handpumps fall into disrepair and are abandoned. Every year 10.000.000 people lose their major supply of safe water, simply because of broken pumps.

Many NGOs are constant very busy with installing new pumps. However, you would expect that NGOs would now use a more reliable handpump to avoid these repair problems?

Replacement of a broken pump by a better pump makes sense, doesn’t it? Sadly, the inconvenient truth is that most NGOs use your donations to install the same poor quality pump again! So within a few years, the new pump is also abandoned.

What goes wrong? Click here.

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The inconvenient truth about NGOs and handpumps “aid”.
We don’t shy away from difficult questions. The truth cannot be denied anymore, though many NGOs feel very uncomfortable with this and don’t like to talk about that, because it may affect their funding. The reality is these the “standard” pumps in Africa (most of which are mass produced in India) cannot cope with day in day out pumping. They break down all the time. Yes, also quality matters.

Why do NGOs use these pumps? 
For over 25 years, NGOs and other water projects used these poor quality pumps because “everybody” was using these pumps. It was believed that the many break downs should not cause major problems because the communities were supposed to fix these pumps themselves. But at the end of the day, this kind of a self-repair system did not work. Often the communities has to call in a local technicians that had to be paid for their services. As a result, many repairs were not well done and repairs became far to expensive. Many communities just abandoned the pump for that reason.

What is the solution?
Obviously, people need better handpumps with a better repair system. FairWater took up that challenge and developed (with Oxfam) an innovative, reliable handpump, the BluePump, that last a lifetime and is easy to maintain in a “BlueZone” approach, with many BluePumps being maintained by one regional technician.

The “Blue Revolution”
More and more governments and NGOs start using BluePumps now. Already over 1.000 BluePumps provide clean water to over 500.000 people, every day in Africa. It’s called the “Blue Revolution in Africa.” Where BluePumps come, people start to be happy!

You can you do?
We understand that your first reaction when you read about the “Pump-Crisis” will not be a donation to FairWater today. However, next time when you donate to help the poor in Africa, think about WHY you want to give, do you really want to support the Status Quo NGOs that continue installing fragile pumps that do not work, or do you make a real difference with a donation to FairWater for durable BluePumps?

We are transparent and effective: 100% of your donation will go to Oxfam projects using more BluePumps (Click here for more info)

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

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Broken Rusting Pumps” are 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 subsidise 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.

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Our “Bottles & Pumps” Program:

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Every BluePump comes with free water bottles for school-kids, thanks to: www.join-the-pipe.org.

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 at 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-nonse approach? Join us at Facebook (Click here) or sponsor a BluePump for Oxfam (Click here).

Contact us for more details.