Stop being part of the problem.

If you really want to solve a (water) problem, you should know what caused the problem in the first place. Therefore you need an open mind. Do not jump into concussions and simply repeat and impose your “solution”… Einstein already noted this and made some famous quotes about it:

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The reason why we refer to our good old friend Einstein is that he exactly points out what is still going on in the water sector in Africa. 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.

But in stead of changing their approach, NGOs just ask for more funding to do the same. (Click here) To us this does not make much sense anymore.

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.

Using better pumps and replacement of broken pumps by a better pumps makes sense, doesn’t it?

But why didn’t NGOs use better pumps in the first place? The answer is in fact quite simple: NGOs are used to repeat what they do without taking responsibility for the outcome. Yes, it works for them, they still get funding, so why change?

What goes wrong? Click here.

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The real reason people have no water is because of broken pumps.
We don’t shy away from answering difficult questions. The truth about these poor quality pumps cannot be denied anymore. Unfortunately, these poor quality pumps in Africa are often recommended by the local government, although they break down all the time. Yes, also in Africa quality matters (Click here for more reading)

What is the solution?
Obviously, people need better handpumps with 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. Many BluePumps make a “BlueZone” that has one Pump Mechanic for installation & maintenance.

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

What can you do?
We understand that your first reaction when you read about the “Pump Crisis” 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. Actions speak louder as words.

And next time, when you want to donate for 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 Parters.’

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” 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.

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 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.