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In Africa, thousands of handpumps have been installed, but today only one out of three is still working; over 150.000 handpumps are broken down beyond repair because maintenance is to complicated.
Ralph Tuijn, who single-handed crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat afew years ago, (16.000km in 280 days), is now challenging a new world bikingrecord to cross Africa from the North to the South within 75 days. With theFairWater Bike Challenge (a single-handed bike trip of 12.000km from Cairoto CapeTown) Ralph is now asking attention for the problem of too manybroken down handpumps in Africa and how this problem can be solved.In Africa, thousand of handpumps have been installed, but today only 1 outof 3 is still working and over 150.000 handpumps (still counting...) arebroken down beyond repair because maintenance is too complicated. Ifhandpumps cannot be made more sustainable, most of Africa will be withoutsafe water again within 10 years. FairWater, a Dutch NGO, developed theBluePump, which is virtually indestructible, simple and inexpensive tomaintain with local resources and can lift water by hand from as deep as100m. After thoroughly testing by leading international developmentorganizations, this innovative Dutch designed handpump is now regarded asthe most durable handpump in the world.The FairWater Bike Challenge raise funds to replace at least 25 defectivehandpumps in the Lushoto District in North Tanzania with this durableFairWater BluePump. Rehabilitation is relatively simple, fast en morecost-effective compared with making new boreholes. If this example isfollowed by other water projects, most of the water problems in Africa couldbe solved within 5 years.