Why Government Acceptance?
Just as the U.S. and other countries have standards and regulations for their water systems, many African governments have national standards for the types of hand pumps that can be used on drilled wells.
In many countries, the standard hand pump is either the Afridev or the India Mark II (IMII). Unfortunately, these pumps have their limits. The Afridev can reach 45 meters and the IMII 50 meters, but in many areas, water cannot be accessed at those depths. Many drilled wells require a deeper, more robust hand pump to consistently pump clean water throughout the entire year. The Afridev and IMII are also prone to breakdowns, and the required repairs often take too long–if they happen at all.
But LifePump is different, and governments in African countries are taking notice.
The LifePump can reach 150 meters, more than twice the depth of the current standards. Plus, its pumping mechanism and components are designed to last for years with minimal maintenance.
After the completion of the Hundred Pump Project, The Zambian and Malawian governments recognized the benefit and superiority of LifePump, and they have committed to pilot LifePump over to gain national acceptance. As of 2019, LifePump is closer than ever to getting approved and recognized as standard technology in these countries.
This means that both governments could potentially adopt LifePump as their national standard at the completion of the pilot. Once this happens non-governmental organizations and nonprofits will be required to use LifePump in certain settings.
This shift in technology will drastically improve the accessibility of safe and reliable water across Zambia and Malawi.
During the pilot phase, Design Outreach will be working hard to monitor the pumps, develop a robust supply chain of pumps and parts, and train local communities to maintain and monitor the pumps.
At the same time, Design Outreach hopes to expand its reach in Kenya through a pilot partnership with The Water Project, install more LifePumps in Haiti, and take LifePump to new countries.