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EXPERTSPEAK (Photo: Grundfos) more time to attend other duties than collecting water. The local people now have to treat the clean water properly. Grundfos employees help relieve world water shortage In 2008, a Grundfos employee suggested that as Grundfos is producing pump systems designed for developing countries, why don’t they as employees collect funds to give fellow human beings living in the poorest areas of the world access to clean water? This led to the creation of its employee programme; Water2Life. Global climate changes and imbalances are putting a continuously stronger strain on the world’s water situation. Floods, drought and pollution are some of the challenges that poor people in particular are facing on a daily basis. Its employees want to take responsibility and help alleviate some of these water challenges in order to give these people access to one of the fundamentals of life; clean water. Partnerships with local NGO’s Water2Life is based on partnerships with local NGOs, local businesses and the local people. Working through partnerships is one of the key factors for Water2Life and for making Water2Life so well received by the locals in the areas where Water2Life operates. It ensures a sustainable and long termed development. The company partnered with Red Cross in Kenya, Thrive Networks in Vietnam. The TradeWater model by Grundfos TradeWater is an innovative model for sustainable private water service delivery developed by Water Missions International (WMI), a non-profit and non-governmental organisation focused on providing safe water to people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since early 2012, WMI has pioneered the TradeWater model with 7 water projects in Uganda, and additional projects in Haiti and Malawi. The TradeWater model was designed to transform and sustain water service delivery across rural and urban areas in developing countries. It builds on a distinct combination of innovative technology, a unique model for financial viability, and a strong organisational set-up to support the ongoing operation and maintenance of water supply projects. The technical solution includes WMI’s Living WaterTM Treatment System and Grundfos Lifelink water solution with solar driven pumps, water dispenser and water management system for revenue collection and remote monitoring of operations. In some conventional community-based water projects, local water committees struggle to keep water projects operational and meet desired water quality standards. The typical water committee is faced with a multitude of technical and financial challenges that are often insurmountable, leading to potential project failure. Establishing viable models for rural water supply by water service providers has so far been a challenge. Remote locations and manual solutions make it hard to operate and manage a professional water service operation from a distance. With the TradeWater approach, WMI pioneers a new model for operating a low-cost, non-profit water service delivery in settings where community-based management isn’t viable, but where a sustainable private water-service operation can be established. By using the innovative technology of the Grundfos Lifelink solution, WMI is able to operate, manage and monitor the water service delivery in clusters of water projects. The project design in a TradeWater project is based on water supply from either groundwater or surface water, delivered by solar driven Grundfos pumps. WMI furthermore adds the Living WaterTM Treatment System to ensure the water quality is safe for drinking. The water is dispensed and revenue collected through Grundfos water dispensers, placed in the centre of the community or connected in a mini-grid of several water points from the same water source, bringing the water closer to each household. As part of the TradeWater business model, WMI - in close collaboration with the communities - takes on the role of a long term committed non-profit water service operator and maintains the responsibility for all financial management and administration. A locally recruited ‘water agent’ is trained to be responsible for daily operations and customer service with ongoing support from WMI. Furthermore, additional community services and revenue streams have been added by introducing solar charging of mobile phones and solar lamps to the projects. The TradeWater projects are providing reliable water supply access to 44,000 people in rural and suburban areas. The projects are creating new jobs in the community for the water agents and from additional income generating activities. Furthermore, the health situation has improved dramatically as well as the possibility of more children attending school. Whatever is measured and monitored, can be 20 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Asian Water

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