Updated on October 8, 2018


Created on October 8, 2018

Oxwater Smart Handpump

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Waterpoint Data Transmitter for remote monitoring of hand pump usage and groundwater level

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Product Description

The Smart Handpump prototype is a Waterpoint Data Transmitter (WDT) that houses a an accelerometer, a microprocessor and GSM transmitter in the handle so usage and groundwater levels can be monitored remotely.

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

UNICEF, government, enterprise and local communities. Research funded by:

Manufacturing/Building Method

Unknown - Waiting for answer from manufacturer

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Unknown - Waiting for answer from manufacturer

Distributions to Date Status

3 pumps Lusaka, Zambia

Design Specifications

Smart Handpump has an accelerometer, microprocessor and GSM transmitter installed inside the handle of the pump. The accelerometer measures the motion of the handle, the microprocessor calculates the volume of water pumped, and the transmitter sends out a regular SMS containing data on pump handle movement to be stored in a central database.  

Technical Support


Replacement Components




Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters


Vetted Performance Status

Research in Lusaka region, Ghana, conclude that the real-time monitoring of rural handpump functionality is possible.



Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

  1. Colchester, F.E., Greeff, H., Thomson, P., Hope, R. and Clifton, D.A. (2014) Smart Handpumps: A Preliminary Data Analysis. IET Appropriate Healthcare Technologies (AHT), London, 2014, pp. 1-4.
  2. Koehler, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2015) Pump-priming payments for sustainable water services in rural AfricaWorld Development, 74: 397-411.
  3. Thomson, P., Hope, R.A. and Foster, T. (2012) Is silence golden? Of mobiles, monitoring and rural water suppliesWaterlines, 31(4): 280-292.
  4. Thomson, P., Hope, R.A. and Foster, T. (2012) GSM-enabled remote monitoring of rural handpumps: A proof of concept studyJournal of Hydroinformatics, 14(4): 829-839.

Compliance with regulations

Unknown - Waiting for answer from manufacturer

Other Information

5. Distributed Monitoring of Shallow Aquifer Level using Community Hanpumps| September 2015 | Briefing Note | Patrick Thomson, Heloise Greef, Farah Colchester, Dr David Cilfton and Dr Rob Hope. 6. From Rights to Results in Rural Water Services - Evidence from Kyuso, Kenya | March 2014 | Dr Rob Hope, Patrick Thomson, Johanna Koehler, Dr Tim Foster and Mike Thomas.

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