RSK company PA Group is delighted to be providing clean drinking water to communities in Africa through the company’s investment in an AquAid watercooler. AquAid has donated a percentage of the watercooler purchase, which has been installed at the PA Group offices in Dartford, Kent, to The Africa Trust. PA Group’s donation has been used to build a water pump in Zimbabwe that will help to deliver clean and accessible water to more than 300 people.
“Here at PA Group we are aware that keeping our team hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the workday,” explains PA Group Quality Manager Arron Bennett, who organised the AquAid investment. “As a result, we decided to invest in a watercooler from AquAid. Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. With each purchase, an automatic donation is made to The Africa Trust.”
The donated funds are then used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ – a modified version of an age-old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump, which has been installed on PA Group’s behalf in Manicaland, a province in the north eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, will be a much-needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many. The pump can produce up to 10,000 litres of potable water per day, supplying upwards of 300 people within the community.
“The Elephant Pumps are built by an experienced Africa Trust team leader, with the assistance of the local community, using more readily and locally available materials,” comments an AquAid representative. “This allows for the community to more easily repair the pump should they need to, which in turn extends the life of the pump exponentially. The positive impact the installation of an Elephant Pump has is also far reaching. Having the well on-site reduces the need for households to walk an average of seven miles per day to retrieve water, often from contaminated sources. As the well is a closed unit, the instances of water borne diseases, such as dysentery, are substantially reduced.
“Finding water also usually falls to the children or women in a community. The time spent doing this can now be spent more productively: the children have more time to attend school and gain a better education, and the adults are better equipped to grow crops and create a sustainable source of income. In so doing, they are more likely to experience better living conditions, a healthier environment and a more positive future for their families.”
To date, AquAid has built over 8,000 Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and has donated in excess of £16 million to charity. You can find out more about the scheme on the AquAid website.