Grundfos Lifelink supplies drinking water in Kenya

02 March 2010

Grundfos Lifelink has joined forces with the Red Cross in Kenya in a bid to provide quality drinking water to the region’s rural communities. The recent agreement is said to have provided clean water to 150,000 people.

Grundfos Lifelink is a recently formed subsidiary of the global pump giant and provides automated water supply schemes, where they are most needed. The systems combine an advanced Grundfos SQFlex submersible pump that is driven by solar panels. This works in tandem with mobile phone and data transfer technology, which links to a pre-payment system.

This innovative business model means that villages and communities can purchase the scheme and finance it through a local micro-financing partner. Repayments are made by users paying for their water via mobile phones, a certain amount of the revenue is used to pay for ongoing servicing and repair work. It is expected that communities will have paid for these systems within five years after which, if they wish, they can choose to continue to pay a small amount to cover service costs. These systems can be viewed over the internet and will automatically send an error message, when required, in the form of a text message to Lifelink’s local service department.

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