Grundfos Lifelink received one of the six awards at the UN Climate Change Award event, in the category ‘Information and Communications Technologies’.
This was awarded to them for integrating technology into its approach to supplying a sustainable water supply in Kenya and Uganda.
The Grundfos Lifelink is an automated pump system that has been designed to provide remote villages/communities with a guaranteed and continuous access to clean water.
The solution allows villages and communities to purchase the scheme and finance it through a local micro-financing partner. Repayments are made by users paying for their water via mobile phones, a certain amount of which is used to pay for ongoing servicing and repair work.
In general, communities will have paid for these systems within 5 years after which, if they wish, they can choose to continue to pay a small amount to cover service costs.
Systems can be viewed over the internet and will automatically send an error message, when required, in the form of a text message to LIFELINK’s local service department.
Grundfos have always believed that this is a sustainable scheme of global significance as it offers a long-term affordable solution that delivers clean water to those who need it most and they are delighted it has gained the UN’s endorsement.