New at HydrateLife: If You Give a Person a Solar Water Pump...the pros and cons of solar water pumping systems in rural communities

For the past few years solar water pumps have been gaining momentum as the answer for rural villagers' pumping needs. If you're a regular reader of articles at HydrateLife you'll know that I am a huge fan of technologies that are sustainable, simple, and appropriate for the location and users. As solar is seemingly at the opposite spectrum of these simple technologies, I was interested in looking at their feasibility in rural areas of developing countries. Would someone be better off with a simple pumping technology such as a treadle or rope pump, or with a solar pump? What I found was surprising, and opened my eyes to the possibilities of solar pumping.

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