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Partnering to End the Global Water Crisis: Solar Solutions Address Rising Global Need for Clean, Safe Water 

As featured in Pumps & Systems magazine

Clean, safe water is a basic need that many of us take for granted. Yet 2.2 billion people, almost one-third of the world’s population, lack safe drinking water. At Water Mission, we exist to bring an end to the global water crisis. We hold ourselves to the highest technical standards. Regardless of where we work, our team of engineering experts use best-in-class technology and products to ensure excellence in our outcomes. Our team works directly with the local community to create sustainable solutions and ensure each community is empowered to maintain and manage every safe water project.

One of our strategic partners is Grundfos, a world-class engineering organization that designs submergible solar-powered water pumps. Grundfos’ technology has changed the way we operate around the world, serving thousands in some of the most challenging conditions. Grundfos’ content marketing specialist, Joel Jackson, shared the story of our partnership in Pumps & Systems magazine.

Below is an excerpt.

Sustainable Pumping Solutions 

When a partnership between Water Mission and a pump and solutions manufacturer began in 2008, the first solar well pump was self-implemented in the rural village of Gorman, Haiti, and it is still pumping to this day. The solar-powered pump system is a dependable water supply solution in remote areas where water is scarce and power supply is nonexistent or unreliable. Since this first installation, Water Mission has put in place more than 1,400 pumping solutions around the world.

“Solar pumping solutions have had a lasting impact on refugees and internally displaced people (IDP),” said Rogers Hook, Water Mission’s strategic partnerships director. “In Northern Uganda alone, Water Mission has installed nearly 30 solar-powered pump systems serving approximately 300,000 people in refugee and IDP settings. As demand for safe water has increased over the past few years, many of the systems have been upgraded to larger pumping solutions utilizing submersible pumps and renewable solar inverters.”

In many rural areas, solar energy is a cost-effective, sustainable solution for pumping and supplying water. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have found that, in most cases, solar is cheaper than diesel from the start of a project. Diesel generators can have downsides, like requiring frequent overhauls. But relief organizations have typically been slow in adopting solar energy because of an absence in awareness and technical expertise.

Solar panel water pumps in a refugee camp

Our teams at Water Mission continue to engage in global partnerships comprised of corporations, NGOs, and governments. To expedite the end of the global water crisis, we collaborate with these entities and offer them best-in-class training, equipment, and support services. To learn more about how we’ve partnered with Grundfos, read the article in its entirety here.

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