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

Davis & Shirtliff has commenced the set up of a range of solar-powered water pumps in rural Kenya to attach poor households with reliable water supply.
The low-powered solar pumps dubbed, Dayliff Sunflo, are obtainable in complete kits that embody the PV modules, pump and all accessories for a complete set up. Power necessities for these pumps are as low as 150W.
Davis & Shirtliff Chairman, Mr. Alec Davis said water access challenges have been compounded by an over-supply of pricey diesel and electric powered turbines and pumps that remain out of attain for the agricultural inhabitants.
“These installations are costly to purchase, run and maintain and aren’t viable for poorer rural requirements,” stated Mr. Davis.
Rural households with capability to afford a water pumping system but lack access to home electrical energy depend 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 forty per cent of the country’s households lack access to water.
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It means shut to 20 million Kenyans living mainly in rural areas and the urban slums nonetheless rely on unimproved water sources, corresponding to ponds, shallow wells and rivers.
“With the extraordinary improvement of solar expertise over the past decade in terms of each value reduction and know-how a significantly better various is now obtainable – solar powered pumping methods,” stated Mr. Davis.
“Benefits of this new resolution are large with capital prices of the pumps being lower than conventional hand pumps and offering completely cost and maintenance free operation – methods merely begin with the sun and pump all day,” said Mr. Davis.
The commonplace vary solar pumps present outputs from 1 to 12 m3 per day at heads up to 70 metres with other options being obtainable. However, for the majority of hand pump installations decrease heads are more frequent.
Dayliff has also designed a special tank and tower resolution with capacities of up to 3000 litres that are very price efficient, gentle and easy to install with the option of the PV modules mounted on the tower for smaller installations.
“These Dayliff water provide options are certainly sport changing in so some ways and will completely transform lives offering a lot higher dependable water availability for rural communities,” added Mr. Davis.

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