News 2017

Three rural villages in Laos receives solar water pumping system and training

Sunlabob recently completed the installation of solar-powered water pumping, storage and distribution system in three villages of Attapeu Province, Lao PDR.

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Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project focused on the provision of improved access to clean water in the target communities. Solar-powered water pumps, elevated storage tanks, and distribution systems have been installed in the three villages. Three members of each community have been trained to carry out repair and maintenance of the system. An awareness and education programme was set for the target communities in the proper use and management of new access to a distributed water system. The water accessed through these new taps now allows the entire community to drink, irrigate, wash and cook much more easily than before, bringing a vital change in the quality of life for people living in areas like Attapue Province where clean water is difficult to access.

Solar water pumps are efficient, work independently in off-grid areas, and require little to no maintenance during its lifetime. The solar pumping system neither require fuel inputs and/or connection to the national grid, making it a highly reliable and resilient solution for the rural communities. The contract has been carried out under the guidance of Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry (PAFO) as part of the GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project. The project mobilized the people of the Kanmaknao, Pin Dong, and Done villages, who were happy to get involved in the installation and learn about the new system.

“Sunlabob saw [the project] as an opportunity to contribute to cleaner, more affordable water access systems in Laos, making a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO of Sunlabob.

With installations coming to a conclusion at the end of October, the systems now provide improved access to clean water to more than 1,500 villagers for the next 25 years or more.