Water Pump with a Springboard Ring

Certified 2015

Institution
Centro de Educação Popular e Formação Social (CEPFS)
Address
Rua Felizardo Nunes de Sousa, 7 - Centro
Email
cepfs@uol.com.br
Phone
(83) 3472-2449
Responsible for technology
NamePhoneEmailSocial Networks
José Dias Campos(83) 9961-1361cepfsjd@bol.com.br
Technology Summary

This pump has an adequate structure and better capacity for collecting water from cisterns. In spite of a higher cost, compared to the pump with marbles as valves, it has some compensatory aspects, like durability and efficiency to pump water from cisterns or wells with a maximum depth of 6 meters.

Main Theme

Water Resources

Problem Solved

The initial guidelines for treatment and management of water, when cisterns were first provided by the government, told recipients to reserve a single bucket to collect water from the cistern, and also to filter, add chlorine or boil it. In some cases it was also taught that there should be a place to keep the bucket suspended, to avoid its contact with the soil, where it could be contaminanted. After some time there came the pump with marbles as valves, which facilitated the process of water collection from cisterns and made it more efficient. But a serious problem was detected in the structure of this pump, because it was fragile and would break easily, if improperly used, making families go back to the bucket to collect their water.

Solution Adopted

After an experience with the pump with marbles as valves and the limits and fragility that it presented, according to the families who used it, there began a process of innovation that, after some time, culminated in the origin of a new social technology, called water pump with a springboard ring. The new pump was conceived with a more adequate structure and greater capacity to collect water from the cisterns. Though its cost was higher than that of the other pump, an evaluation indicated advantages like durability and efficiency to operate with the rainwater stocked in cisterns or with wells of up to 6 meters of depth. According to beneficiary families, the pump with a springboard ring is a very important tool that can be operated even by children. "They use the pump as if they were playing". For this reason the pump can be used, not only to collect water from cisterns for human consumption, but it can also be adapted to other needs, like the irrigation of small vegetable gardens, saving precious water. In the process of deployment of this social technology, the families who receive financial support promise to give back the support received, to strengthen or establish a Solidary Rotational Fund in the community that will allow other families to have access to the same technology, thus benefitting their health and the family economy. This dynamics stimulates the exercise of solidarity and co-responsibibility of participants in the process of building social development locally. Participative management gives them a new experience and stimulates a new behavior concerning the resources necessary for a better and more sustainable quality of life. Families are not passive beneficiaries, but subjects who interact among themselves, in the community and out of it, in the prospect of contributing for the reaplication of this experience in other communities, municipalities or regions.

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