Gallery: SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using S...


Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield – and extra income. In order to produce a bountiful harvest during this season, farmers rely on pump irrigation to keep the water flowing. The only problem is that pumps can be costly to buy and to maintain – so the folks at International Development Enterprises (iDE) developed SunWater, an affordable water pump system that uses the power of the sun.

Over a billion people on the planet live on $2 or less a day, so cash crops – or crops that are grown beyond what is needed for sustenance – are a good way for poor farmers to raise extra money. In order to have reliable water for the crops, though, a pump system is necessary. Traditionally, pump options have included diesel or electric. But diesel pumps are expensive to run and maintain, while electric pumps rely on the power grid, which may not always be reliable in some parts of the world.

SunWater seeks to provide relief from the pump conundrum by providing affordable solar pumps to farmers, which will allow them to increase their income earnings by providing a reliable water resource all year ‘round. Each pump will cost only $2,900, including well drilling, water storage and the pump. After the initial investment, there is no fuel cost because the system uses solar panels built right in to generate power. Right now SunWater is still in the funding and testing phase and iDE is asking for support from individuals to help make this dream become a reality for farmers around the world.

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1 Comment

  1. allauddin.chughtai May 11, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Its very interesting.
    I am working in the northern area of Pakistan as a welfare worker (Not NGO)to help my people. Detailed informations I will submit later.
    At present I need your help on the following.
    Dear Sir,

    We are looking for Solar Submersible pump to be used for farming.

    I have just surveyed the sites & gathered the following information regarding depth and the bore.

    Pump-1: Depth 400ft, setting at 280ft (28 pipes used of 10ft).

    Pump-2: Depth 320ft, setting at 220ft (22 pipes used of 10ft)

    These are two sites in the northern area of Pakistan. Since there is acute power shortage we have a good opportunity to install these pumps for irrigation purpose.

    Please suggest the best solution with competitive prices which the farmers can afford.

    If you need further informations please let us know.
    Awaiting your response.

    Best Regards
    Allauddin Chughtai

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