Playground-type roundabout water pumps are available to rural communities in southern Africa which have no access to running water.
The PlayPump Water System harnesses the energy of children playing on a roundabout placed on top of a borehole to draw water up from the ground. The water is stored in a water tank, and the tower that houses the tank may be used as an outdoor advertising medium.
There are currently over 1,000 PlayPumps in operation in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. The system was invented by Roundabout Outdoor in the early 1990s and is now run by a South African NGO, PlayPump International, which is also incorporated as a US non-profit organisation.
The pumps are not commercially available, but will be installed free of charge in rural communities that do not have access to running water. A borehole providing drinking water which has been tested and certified as clean and safe, is a prerequisite.
The design of the PlayPump water system makes it highly effective, easy to operate and very economical, keeping costs and maintenance to an absolute minimum.
Capable of producing up to 1,400 litres of water per hour at 16 revolutions per minute from a depth of 40 metres, it is effective up to a depth of 100 metres.
Roundabout Outdoor: Tel: +-2711 807 4280; firstname.lastname@example.org ; website: www.playpumps.org