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

Davis & Shirtliff has commenced the set up of a spread of solar-powered water pumps in rural Kenya to connect poor households with dependable water supply.
The low-powered solar pumps dubbed, Dayliff Sunflo, come in complete kits that embody the PV modules, pump and all equipment for an entire installation. Power necessities for these pumps are as little as 150W.
Davis & Shirtliff Chairman, Mr. Alec Davis said water entry challenges have been compounded by an over-supply of costly diesel and electric powered turbines and pumps that remain out of reach for the rural population.
“These installations are costly to purchase, run and keep and usually are not viable for poorer rural necessities,” said Mr. Davis.
Rural households with capability to afford a water pumping system but lack entry to residence electrical energy rely on conventional hand pumps given the absence of suitable alternatives.
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 20 million Kenyans dwelling mainly in rural areas and the city slums nonetheless depend on unimproved water sources, corresponding to ponds, shallow wells and rivers.
“With the extraordinary development of solar know-how over the past decade by method of each value discount and know-how a significantly better different is now available – photo voltaic powered pumping systems,” mentioned Mr. Davis.
“Benefits of this new answer are big with capital prices of the pumps being lower than traditional hand pumps and providing totally value and upkeep free operation – systems simply start with the solar and pump all day,” stated Mr. Davis.
The commonplace vary photo voltaic pumps provide outputs from 1 to 12 m3 per day at heads up to 70 metres with different options being available. However, for the majority of hand pump installations decrease heads are more frequent.
Dayliff has also designed a particular tank and tower solution with capacities of up to 3000 litres that are very price effective, mild and easy to install with the option of the PV modules mounted on the tower for smaller installations.
“These Dayliff water provide options are definitely sport changing in so many ways and can totally transform lives offering a lot higher dependable water availability for rural communities,” added Mr. Davis.