The leading solution for rural areas without the need of an external energy source. The VILLAGEPUMP 500 yields at least 500 litres of fully purified, cool drinking water an hour or over 4 m3 per day, all of the qualities that meets WHO standards.
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Each Villagepump employs multi-stage filtering that reduce diseases by removing waterborne pathogens that can cause diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and hepatitis. The units can operate from all forms of surface water, including ponds, lakes and streams.
The VILLAGEPUMP 500 is ideal as a compact water treatment system wherever fresh surface water is available or with water storage systems (e.g. rainwater harvesting). Pure water can be directly dispensed to any intermediate storage facility.
The pump is fully mechanical and hand-powered, constructed on the basis of proven technology, without using any vulnerable electronics. The use of robust materials gives an expected life span of at least 5 years with normal use. As the mechanical components are assembled in a modular manner, the VILLAGEPUMP 500 is very easy to maintain and exceptionally user-friendly. Above all, the use of modular components facilitates easy assembly and production can be locally subcontracted. Component parts are easily disassembled and made of recyclable materials.
As the name implies, it can be implemented in or near villages, but is especially effective in combination with:
The elimination of external fossil fuel and or electrical power source
The elimination of vulnerable and theft-prone (electronic) components
The elimination of weather dependant components (ie. solar panels)
Once operational, the unit needs to be protected against freezing
Ambient temperature: min. +1° C, max. 60° C
Feed water temperature: +1° C, max. 50° C
Height: 1730 mm
Width: 500 mm
Depth: 590 mm
Weight: approx. 67 kg
Filtering is performed in three stages: 1) A self-flushing suction filter automatically removes particles > 50 microns, such as grit. 2) Ultra filtering: this technology is based on membrane techniques removing bacteria, viruses, protozoa and cysts, while still allowing vital minerals to pass through. 3) An (optionally) built-in long-life activated carbon filter will additionally remove color, odor, taste or mild contamination by chemicals originating from the source water. The membrane filter employs self-cleansing 'smart valves’ for backwashing (Patented).