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

Davis & Shirtliff has commenced the installation of a spread of solar-powered water pumps in rural Kenya to attach poor households with dependable water supply.
The low-powered solar pumps dubbed, Dayliff Sunflo, are available in complete kits that include the PV modules, pump and all equipment for a complete set up. Power requirements for these pumps are as little as 150W.
Davis & Shirtliff Chairman, Mr. Alec Davis said water access challenges have been compounded by an over-supply of pricey diesel and electrical powered generators and pumps that stay out of attain for the rural inhabitants.
“These installations are expensive to buy, run and keep and aren’t viable for poorer rural requirements,” stated Mr. Davis.
Rural households with capacity to afford a water pumping system however lack entry to residence electrical energy rely on traditional hand pumps given the absence of suitable alternate options.
UNICEF and the World Health Organization through 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 residing mainly in rural areas and the urban slums nonetheless rely on unimproved water sources, similar to ponds, shallow wells and rivers.
“With the extraordinary development of solar expertise over the past decade when it comes to both cost discount and expertise a a lot better alternative is now available – photo voltaic powered pumping techniques,” stated Mr. Davis.
“Benefits of this new solution are huge with capital prices of the pumps being lower than traditional hand pumps and offering totally price and maintenance free operation – techniques merely start with the sun and pump all day,” said Mr. Davis.
The standard vary solar pumps provide outputs from 1 to 12 m3 per day at heads up to 70 metres with other choices being available. However, for nearly all of hand pump installations lower heads are extra frequent.
Dayliff has also designed a special tank and tower solution with capacities of up to 3000 litres which are very price efficient, mild and simple to install with the option of the PV modules mounted on the tower for smaller installations.
“These Dayliff water provide solutions are certainly sport changing in so many ways and will completely transform lives offering a lot larger reliable water availability for rural communities,” added Mr. Davis.
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