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207 solar panels, plenty of clean water

a solar-powered pump is helping to ensure refugee families have plenty of clean water

Oxfam with funding from EU Humanitarian Aid has built a solar-powered system that is expected to pump over 60,000 litres of water, equivalent of a 40 storey building, every hour from the borehole to the storage tanks.

Visiting the solar powered pumping station at the Nyarugusu refugee camp. Photo: Mary Mndeme/Oxfam
EU Humanitarian Aid and Oxfam teams visit the solar powered pumping station at the Nyarugusu refugee camp. Photo: Mary Mndeme/Oxfam

This is a plus to our water and sanitation team, which strives to ensure the provision of clean and safe water to the refugee population in an environmentally sustainable way.

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The newly installed solar-powered system is expected to pump over 60,000 litres of water/hour. Photo: Mary Mndeme/Oxfam

The 207 solar panels system installed at the Nyarugusu refugee camp makeup one of the biggest solar pumping systems and are by far a cost-effective alternative to a diesel-powered generator which has been operational at the camps.

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The 207 solar panels system installed at the Nyarugusu refugee camp. Photo: Mary Mndeme/Oxfam

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Written by Bill Marwa

Bill is a digital media coordinator with Oxfam in Tanzania, based in Dar es salaam. He also tweets @billmarwa.

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