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ram pump for humanitarian water supply

If you want to pump water over large distances and to impressive heights of up to 150m using no fuel, electricity or human effort, the Papa Pump can deliver.  Pump water 24/7 - giving essential clean water to remote villages and farms, enabling self-sufficient food production and offering new business opportunities to the community.

Drinking water only accounts for 8-16 litres of water use per person per day whereas many 000's of litres are utilised by each person for washing, sanitation and food production.

How the Papa Pump can work for remote communities

Papa Pump - NGO off grid layout

If there is access to water from a spring, stream or river and it needs to be delivered to say, a remote village, the Papa Pump hydro ram is the perfect solution.  Without the use of any electricity or fuel, it will pump water over long distances and to impressive heights.  It works 24/7 day and night, rain or shine and because the technology is so simple and with NO moving mechanical parts to wear out, there is little to go wrong and so you'll save on time and maintenance.

Pump and Store
The idea is simple - you pump water when it is plentiful to a storage tank at the highest point of the village to use where and when it's needed!  Stored water can be gravity fed to communal taps, animal troughs, be used for crop irrigation or to homes for domestic use.  It can also be used for micro generation to help power the village.

Papa Pumps Delivering Water in the Developing World

Water Powered Technologies recently teamed up with the charity 'Singing Gorillas Projects' to install a Papa Pump which delivered water to a hill top village in a remote part of Uganda.  The successful installation meant the water no longer had to be manually carried (mainly by the women and children).  The women were then free to do more productive work and the children could spend more time at school.  See the video above.

The Charity, Renewable World, was looking for a solution to deliver water to a remote community in Nepal.  Completely off-grid the lack of water was inhibiting irrigation possibilities and therefore suppressing employment opportunites. Other similar solutions could not deliver enough water.  Renewable World therefore opted for a five Papa Pump system which delivers free water to the village.  See the full case study here

Living Waters Village Borneo

The Living Waters Ministry is building a school for 2000 children on 280 hectares of land in Borneo. They need a lot of water!  So they installed a Papa Pump to lift water from one of their streams up to their water tower. And without using any electricity or fuel!

The Living Waters Project was founded in a very remote part of Borneo with the aim of caring for, educating and teaching local children, including  disadvantaged children and orphans. Being in a remote off-grid location meant that they had to use what was available locally. They were attracted to the Papa Pump because it works without fuel. The schools, amenity buildings and a hospital will all need fuel or electricity and is modularly expandable so if they needed more water it would be easy to add more pumps to the water system. See the full case study here

Papa Comparison with Solar Pump and Electric Pump

Papa Pump Comparison Graphic

Flexible Pumping Solutions

Water Powered Technologies’ Papa and Venturo Pump Systems operate 24/7 automatically over long periods. They generally utilise reliable flowing water sources, although, unlike many other renewable energy resources such as solar and wind which vary hourly or daily, these water sources tend to vary with seasonality and shifting climatic influences.

However, Water Powered Technologies are developing simple hybrid solutions for periods of low flow or in flat geographies where water tends to be still or slow moving. Water can be pumped to a low level by solar, wind or utility electricity to supplement the supply for the Papa or Venturo pumps. This means that by utilising a very simple combination of solar/wind/electric, the Papa/Venturo can provide water delivery to a wide range of heights and outputs by using our standard and robust equipment.

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