The ongoing need for handpumps in Africa

Kerstin Danert, of Ask for Water, tells GDI that despite the introduction of mechanised pumps in the region handpumps remain important for Africa and that their quality matters to those that rely upon them.

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Despite being old technology, handpumps still have a very valuable part to play in the supply of drinking water in African countries thanks to their lower failure rate compared to modern mechanical pumps

I estimate that about one in five people in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to rely on a handpump to provide them with their main source of drinking water.