Davis & Shirtliff installs solar-powered water pumps in rural Kenya

Davis & Shirtliff has commenced the installation of a range of solar-powered water pumps in rural Kenya to connect poor households with reliable water supply.
No questions asked -powered photo voltaic pumps dubbed, Dayliff Sunflo, are available complete kits that embody the PV modules, pump and all equipment for an entire set up. Power requirements for these pumps are as little as 150W.
Davis & Shirtliff Chairman, Mr. Alec Davis mentioned water entry challenges have been compounded by an over-supply of pricey diesel and electrical powered mills and pumps that stay out of attain for the rural population.
“These installations are costly to buy, run and keep and usually are not viable for poorer rural necessities,” stated Mr. Davis.
Rural households with capability to afford a water pumping system but lack entry to residence electrical energy rely on traditional hand pumps given the absence of appropriate options.
UNICEF and the World Health Organization by way of a 2017 Joint monitoring Programme on water and sanitation reported 40 per cent of the country’s households lack entry to water.
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It means shut to twenty million Kenyans residing mainly in rural areas and the urban slums still depend on unimproved water sources, similar to ponds, shallow wells and rivers.
“With the extraordinary growth of photo voltaic know-how over the past decade by way of both value reduction and expertise a much better different is now available – solar powered pumping systems,” said Mr. Davis.
“Benefits of this new solution are large with capital costs of the pumps being lower than traditional hand pumps and offering completely cost and maintenance free operation – techniques merely begin with the solar and pump all day,” stated Mr. Davis.
The standard range photo voltaic pumps provide outputs from 1 to 12 m3 per day at heads as much as 70 metres with other choices being available. However, for virtually all of hand pump installations decrease heads are extra widespread.
Dayliff has also designed a special tank and tower solution with capacities of up to 3000 litres which are very cost effective, mild and easy to put in with the choice of the PV modules mounted on the tower for smaller installations.
“These Dayliff water provide options are certainly recreation changing in so many ways and will completely remodel lives providing much greater reliable water availability for rural communities,” added Mr. Davis.
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