Social Entreprise concept of the FairWater BluePump

The BluePump is a project of the FairWater Foundation and managed by Paul van Beers, the co-founder of FairWater. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Hydrology & Hydrogeology and has a vast international background and many professional contacts based on over 30 years of research and project management in Africa for Rural & Peri-Urban Water Supply, Hydrology and Environmental projects. His country experience includes Burkina Faso, Mauretania, Mozambique, Kenya, Angola, Benin, Chad, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Brazil and Oman and South Sudan.

During his work in Mozambique from 1997 to 1999 as a country director for SAWA Consultants he became interested in the issue of maintenance problems of handpumps, because already at that time studies showed that most communities had difficulties to maintain their handpumps due to many technical problems of the pumps in use.

However, he noticed that water sector was more focusing on studies and discussions on seminar about the problems, rather than solving issues of handpump maintenance with practical research and with more relaible better hardware.

It seems that the NGO world was rather happy with the excisting handpump types on the market, though itw as generally agreed and understood that these handpump were notorious unrealibale and expensive to maintain because of the many repairs.

As being a from a proud "Frysan" background (people from the north of Holland, know for being stubborn and a "don't talk, but do" attitude, he picked up the challenge and started in 2007 the FairWater Foundation to develop a simple and reliable handpump for all depth (up to 100m deep) to really help the people of Africe with a sustainable solution. After a few years of testing his newpump with the help of many NGOs (at that time he called his design the AfriPump, not in use anymore), he introduced the final design in 2010 and called it "the BluePump".

Today, over 1.000 BluePumps are constantly working in 10 countries in Africa, most of them in deep boreholes with water levels of 60 to 90m deep. Regular users are Oxfam Kenya, IRD Swaziland, GRA and Millenium Village project in Tanzania, Obakki Foundation in South Sudan, Red Cross Kenya and South Sudan, ADRA in Niger, ASAP in Burkina Faso, etc.