In the Western world we’re used to using vending machines to get products and ATMs to draw out cash, but in a new development in Kenya, ATMs are now being used to deliver fresh water with the help of Grundfos Pumps.
When Danish pump specialist Grundfos began to look at how water was being distributed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, it found a problem. It wasn’t that water wasn’t available, though. It discovered people were able draw water from central taps for a fee; the problem was that the money they paid wasn’t necessarily finding its way back into funding the water treatment process. This meant that the projects aimed at providing clean water were being starved of funds.
The solution the company came up with was a machine rather like an ATM for water. Users put credit on a water card, either via retailers or via a mobile phone. They can then use this card to draw clean water from the machine in measured amounts. Users pay the equivalent of 13 pence for a 20-litre can of water.
The project in still in its pilot stages and is being trialled in Uganda, Thailand and Nigeria as well as in Kenya. An added benefit is that the machines are able to collect data on how often the machine is used and how much water is being drawn. This means that water development programs can see how effective their work is and where most water is being used.
Anchor Pumps and Grundfos Pumps
Anchor Pumps is proud to be associated with Grundfos Pumps and its innovative scheme. We stock the full range of Grundfos pumps, including domestic models such as central heating pumps, shower pumps and home booster systems. For commercial use, we can also supply Grundfos pumps for a variety of applications, including submersible pumps and multi-stage pumps as well as pressure vessels and tanks.