Design Outreach (DO) began working on a completely new hand-powered water pump that was more reliable and could reach water in the deepest wells. The first pump was successfully installed in the village of Yamando, Central African Republic with Water for Good, and was able to pump to water from 400 feet deep! Previously, Yamando’s well sat unused because there was no pump available to get the water out.
After testing in one village, DO immediately began working on a 2nd generation pump, incorporating the lessons learned from the first design. The team went back to the Central African Republic again with this new and improved version, and with much better results. However DO continued tweaking the design, and today DO is proud of the 3rd generation pump called the LifePump!
Design Outreach’s LifePump has been designed to last longer and reach deeper than the pumps commonly available. The LifePump can be outfitted with monitoring devices to provide timely and valuable feedback. All of these improvements will help water organizations become more effective in fulfilling their mission of delivering clean water to those in need.