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Looking back as 2023 draws to a close

As the 2023 draws to a close, we’ve been taking a look back over some of the photos, videos and other resources we have gathered from customers and partners over the years and realising how far we have come as a company in that time. To mark the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024, we are re-releasing one of our early promotional videos, taken at an installation on a smallholding near to Nairobi in February 2020. With scores of installations now successfully completed in more than 8 countries around the world and with no failures to date, we have […]

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Celebrating our first 20,000 hour anniversary

Impact Pumps’ SLX-40-S prototype Serial Number PS0.1 recently passed uneventfully through its twenty thousandth hour of maintenance-free operation, the first of many that will soon have done so. SN PS0.1 was installed in a family housing compound near to Kisumu in western Kenya in February 2019, bringing reliable, labour-free water for drinking and sanitation up from a deep and silty hand-dug well. Before it was installed, ropes and buckets were used to lift this water from this well throughout the day, all day, every day; backbreaking work mainly falling on children and elderly women and a significant cause of drinking water […]

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SolarPlex launches!

Impact Pumps is delighted to share the exciting news of the highly anticipated product launch of our ground-breaking SolarPlex solar water pump, designed and manufactured by Impact Pumps. The SolarPlex solar water pump is the culmination of extensive research, engineering expertise, and a commitment to innovation. This state-of-the-art SolarPlex harnesses the power of solar energy to provide an environmentally friendly and sustainable means of pumping water. By leveraging the abundant energy of the sun, the SolarPlex pump eliminates the need for grid electricity or diesel generators, making it an ideal choice for off-grid and remote locations. SolarPlex allows farmers and […]

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The Wellcome Trust – A Success Story For Smallholders and their Communities

Impact Pumps is pleased to share news of the successful conclusion of our Wellcome Trust project!  Our multi-year project has innovated smallholder irrigation and rural community water access in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. We believe this will have a huge impact on people’s health and improve incomes, from increased crop productivity, more harvests and much more reliable water access than by handpumps. Our SolarPlex surface pump irrigates up to 5 acres, lifts water up to 75m and distributes at rates up to 5400 Litre per hour. Our patented FlexExtend submersible unit allows any surface pump to access water from […]

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Impact Pumps featured in Richard Carter’s book, “Rural Community Water Supply.

We are honoured to feature in chapter 6 of Richard Carter’s book, “Rural Community Water Supply: Sustainable services for all” under “Water supply infrastructure: beyond handpumps”. The publication of this book follows our successful pilot Community Water Access trials with FundiFix in Kitui county, Kenya, in which we demonstrated much higher service levels than other powered solutions and the potential to transform service management costs. The book is a very informative read, and a must for anyone in the sector. You can access it online for free, or order a hard copy from Practical Action publishing. […]

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Making an Impact, one harvest at a time

A farmer studies his thriving potato crops now irrigated with an Impact Pump

Zaliwana farm, Zambia. The sun shines over the lush green crops of an ever-growing farming business. But this has not always been the case. Previously, when the farm relied on waiting for the rain to water the plants, times were tough, crops were at risk and a profitable farming business was a dare of a dream. The introduction of irrigation to this farm has induced dramatic changes. They no longer have to wait for the rainy season and production doesn’t rely on the changing climate. Did you know? In tropical climates, irrigating land can increase annually cropping cycles from one […]

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FlexExtend provides water for building work at Kanyamedha school

Wheelbarrow and solar panels near an Impact Pump installation

When we first installed the FlexExtend at Kanyamedha school in Kisumu, Kenya, it was going to be providing water for cooking, cleaning, washing and irrigation. However, due to the global pandemic, the school had to shut for several months. Without the regular water needs of the staff and students at the school, we were unsure if the FlexExtend installation would be used as planned. So it was great to receive an update from the school letting us know that the FlexExtend certainly did not lie dormant. In fact, it provided a very important source of water for construction work at […]

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The FlexExtend hits 10,000 hours on endurance rig with zero failures

Durable water pump

Imagine being able to run an irrigation or water supply pump for up to ten years with zero failures…at Impact Pumps, we proved we can do just that! Since our last update we have continued running the FlexExtend on our endurance rig to prove the durability and reliability of our pumps. We are pleased to be able to share that the FlexExtend has hit 10,000 hours of 24/7 pumping which is the equivalent of up to ten years of typical use in the field. With this milestone we are confident that we can provide our customers with unrivalled longevity and […]

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Construction starts on resilient drinking-water supply in Kitui, Kenya

Construction work happening at the Impact Pumps - Fundifix site

We have started construction on our resilient groundwater pump for a drinking water supply in Kitui, Kenya. This project is in partnership with Fundifix and supported by Innovate UK and the Wellcome Trust. Background to the project It is common to see handpumps installed in rural communities to provide water for drinking and domestic use. Whilst it’s clear that handpumps have revolutionised access to water for millions of people, they are labour intensive, maintenance intensive and suffer from under-developed supply chains of labour and parts. Often, they are not well-maintained and it is estimated that around 1/4 of them don’t […]

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Impact Pumps saves on electricity costs for rose farmer in Bangladesh

A field of roses in Bangladesh irrigated by an Impact Pump

Monsur Ali owns a rose garden at Kumar Khoda near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Like many farmers, his livelihood is dependent on reliable and successful harvests. One essential ingredient to a farm like this is water and being in control of getting water to plants regularly. When we first met Monsur Ali he was using an electric pump to irrigate his farm. With near-universal availability of grid-electricity across the country this was an obvious choice, however, using electricity to pump water comes at a price. As part of our field-trials in different markets, Monsur Ali agreed to trial a FlexExtend with solar […]

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