Paul van Beers, Fairwater Foundation

A stainless steel hand pump distributed in African communities.

Product description Brand name and product description

The BluePump by FairWater Foundation is a water pump intended for communities in rural Africa. This lever-action reciprocating handpump draws water from depths of up to 100 m. It is intended to last 10-15 years with very little to no maintenance. BluePumps are preferably built in a BlueZone, an area with over 30 BluePumps installed, a trained area mechanic, an agent that supplies support, and a caretaker, who follows up on the pumps daily care and needs.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

BluePump distributors are currently located in the target regions of: The Netherlands, UK, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda.


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The BluePump is primarily distributed by BOODE Inc. or through regional BluePump dealers in Africa which can also provide the installing and the associated service. Implementing organizations include ASAP, Bluezone Ltd, British Army, Foundation Dogon Education, Global Resource Alliance, GRA Tanzania, IRD Swaziland, Join the Pipe, Obakki Foundation, OXFAM, Sanex, SORIM, Swe-Gam and Techno Relief Services.


Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

2,300- 3,800 USD (2100-3450 EUR)Converted on May 2020

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Primary competitors include Vergnet Hydropump, Afridev, India Mark II/III, Bush Pump, however, there are many other human powered handpumps in the public domain.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Target users include rural African communities, schools and health centers lacking access to a potable and reliable water source.

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