Thursday, 8 December 2016

World's Largest Solar Powered Safe Water System

Source: POUL DUE JENSEN FOUNDATION 2016, 6th December 2016

Together with Water Mission we will deliver safe water access to 250,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees living in four refugee camps in Western Tanzania and support improved health and living standards in the region.

The Poul Due Jensen foundation has committed 5.3m USD over three years to help provide solar-powered, safe water treatment systems living in the Nyarugusu, Nduta, and Mtendeli refugee camps in Tanzania. This work will be implemented through collaboration with the Tanzanian Government and  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and will result in significant improvement in the reliability of water quality and supply while significantly reducing operating expenses.

The goal is to provide increased and sustainable access to safe drinking water, in accordance with the World Health Organization's Standards, to refugees living in the Nyarugusu, Nduta, and Mtendeli refugee camps.

The project will incorporate Grundfos' renewable pumping technologies that will operate nearly 100 percent of time from solar power.

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Ambitious model project

Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, will lead the engineering component of the project in collaboration with UNHCR and work directly with other partners to achieve the stated goal and parameters of the agreement. The project scope includes site evaluation of each of the three camps, design, implementation, ongoing operation and research studies to track impact.

"Water Mission proves time and again that they are a world-class nonprofit because they deliver the quality and quantity of water in a customized engineering approach," says Christian Hartvig
, Executive Director of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation. "We are proud of our history of successfully collaborating with the Water Mission team."

In addition to the technical scope of work, Water Mission community development, engineering, and other technical staff will document critical outcome areas including the operational savings using solar power versus costly diesel fuel, the impact of safe water on lives in the camps, and the overall medical cost savings as a result of safe water.

Water Mission knows the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp

In the fall of 2015, Water Mission began work with UNICEF Tanzania to assess the water and sanitation needs, and coordinate an immediate response. Water Mission engineers worked alongside UNHCR and their partners to design and install one of the largest water treatment systems since the non-profit organization was founded in 2001. Water Mission focused on the Nyarugusu camp and provided potable water to a population of 25,000 Burundian refugees.

In less than three weeks, Water Mission transported equipment from its Dar-es-Salam office to Nyarugusu, installed four 15,000 liter settling tanks, ten Living Water Treatment Systems, eight kilometers of distribution pipe, and had water flowing and accessible to 25,000 refugees at 24 access points throughout the camp.

During this initial project, Water Mission engineers and technicians worked alongside 300 Burundian workers who laid the distribution pipe. Today, the system continues to operate at optimum performance.

For progress on the Tanzania Project, follow on Twitter @water_mission @UNHCRTanzania and #nyarugusu.

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