Welcome to the Pumps and Pipes blog


Mozambique is experiencing a rapid proliferation of private sector participation in a number of key sectoral areas such as mining, manufacturing, agriculture and industry. These developments are resulting in an increased migration of skilled (and unskilled) to small urban centres. These centres require essential services such as water, sanitation, roads, schools, communication, health centres etc.

What are we doing to respond to these development challenges?

Why are our colleagues from the communications sector (VODACOM etc) ahead of us in ensuring that the people get a mobile phone before a TOILET?

This BLOG is going to follow developments in this area.

Keep posted


5 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. avatar AN,

    It is great to have a forum and place for WASH Mozambique. Pity it is in English, as it seems to be orientated more to the outer world than for the national sector. Maybe an idea to extent to portuguese as well?

    É ótimo ter um fórum para WASH Moçambique. Pena que é em Inglês, como parece ser orientado mais para o mundo exterior do que para o sector nacional. Talvez uma idéia para extensão em português também?

    • Good idea. I will include all comments and replies in both English and Portuguese. The objective of the blog is to generate interest and discussion around water sanitation and hygiene in whatever language.

      Boa idéia. Eu vou incluir todos os comentários e as respostas em Inglês e Português. O objetivo do blog é gerar interesse e discussão em torno de saneamento e higiene em qualquer língua

  2. Great, finally we could get some info from Mozambique!

    FairWater was involved in testing out the BluePumps in deep groundwater zones in Mozambique, in a similar way as we did with Oxfam Kenya in Turkana, North Kenya, and some other NGOs.

    Based on these field testing, the BluePump was slightly modified to deal better with non vertical boreholes, some parts were also made even stronger. With these modifications it works fine now, up to 100m deep. It also became clear, that in deep boreholes supervision of the pumping is even more important.

    For the O&M, FairWater promotes the “BlueZone” concept, the same we implement in our own rehabiliation projects in Burkina and Gambia. This is based on a Regional Technical Support (RTS) by the private sector, preferably a company that is also involved in the O&M of the small piped water systems.

    The BlueZone concept is very sustainable, simpe, effective and affordable; The more the handpump is relibale, the more affordable and sustainable this O&M model works. The BluePump suits this very well.

    Hope to hear more from Mozambique!

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