Playful energy solves water crisis

2019-10-16 06:01
An innovative PlayPump, installed for the Ntsoana­tsatsi Educare Centre, supplies water to a storage tank for immediate use. Photo: Supplied

An innovative PlayPump, installed for the Ntsoana­tsatsi Educare Centre, supplies water to a storage tank for immediate use. Photo: Supplied

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Utilising the playful energy of children an innovative water pump, PlayPump, was especially designed to aid the Ntsoanatsatsi Educare Centre in Qwaqwa.

The unique pump is attached to a merry-go-round, which makes it easy to pump clean water.

The pump supplies water to a storage tank for immediate use by the centre in this town in the Free State currently facing a severe water crisis.

It is already operational following successful installation in August.

This is thanks to steel supplier Macsteel in collaboration with Roundabout Water Solutions (RWS). The pump forms part of the entities’ community investment and upliftment project.

According to Kim Allan, Macsteel’s community social investment manager, the Ntsoanatsatsi Educare Trust approached RWS with a plea for a PlayPump.

The role of RWS, a non-profit organisation, is to ascertain which schools in rural communities are unable to supply children with clean drinking water.

Macsteel made it a reality by funding the drilling of the borehole and installation of the pump which will go a long way addressing the water crisis at the centre.

“The innovative pump is sustainable because it is cost effective – it mainly requires human energy to pump water when the need arise,” says Allan.

Elise Monaone, principal of Ntsoanatsatsi Educare Centre, said the merry-go-round has become very popular with the children.

She added that this has provided a solution for the provision of clean drinking water, for food preparation at the day-care centre and the children’s general hygiene.

According to Allan, the two entities’ collaboration in this innovative water solution for rural communities run since 2017.

The RWS installs the merry-go-round over the borehole and an Usizo customer is commissioned to fabricate a Macsteel-supplied water-tank for installation close to the roundabout.

Thus far, according to Allan, the partnership has created market and job opportunities and has seen the fabrication of tank stands in 22 rural schools in five provinces in South Africa.

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