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Roundabout Water Solutions
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Date : 2008 -
Place : South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland
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It is said that 60% of our body is consisted of water. It is something we definitely need to stay alive, and we drink and use water certainly everyday. However, clean water is not accessible in poor areas like some areas in Africa. People use and drink dirty water, thus affected by many diseases that comes along. Especially for infants or kids, clean water is a must-have. Many of them even dies because of unsafe water and bad hygiene of water system. This Roundabout is a very
sustainable system that children can clean water while just playing with it.

A children’s playing equipment called roundabout, which seems like a merry-go-round, is set on the ground. By playing with it, the spinning action pumps water from underground. Then, the water will be stored in a tank (stores 2,500 litters) positioned 7meters high from the ground. The tank is connected to a simple tap that allows people to have easy access to the clean water whenever they needed.

“Since 2008 Roundabout Water Solutions has installed over 640 PlayPumps in South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland. The first PlayPump was installed in 1996 and now there are over 1 700 PlayPumps in sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in clean drinking water and sanitation for people who previously had no reliable or safe sources of water.

An excerpt from “The Water Crises- Playpumps” (


This roundabout can be set only on places with boreholes (Playpumps do not drill boreholes, therefore boreholes must be drilled if installation of the roundabout was wanted.)

“Almost fifty per cent of the developing world’s population ? 2.5 billion people ? lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.”

An excerpt from “The Water Crises- Playpumps” (

“In South Africa alone hundreds (3000?) of schools have no clean drinking water available at their school. Girls are taken out of school to collect water. A PlayPump at a school results in girls attending, the cases of diarrhoea are dramatically reduced and school attendance improves. Children attend school because they enjoy playing on the PlayPump.
Rural communities, who have no municipal water, are also forced to collect their water from streams, dams and unreliable water sources. Women and girls have to walk anything up to 5 kms a day to collect water for their household, with no guarantee that the water collected is fit for human consumption.
Bacteriological and chemical testing is done on each borehole to ensure that the water is fit for human consumption. A step down test to ensure that the borehole can sustain prolonged abstraction of the water and the flow is sufficient to meet the needs of the community. Each and every borehole is referred to a qualified geo-hydroloogist for analysis of the water results and a recommendation of the most suitable pump settings to ensure a sustainable flow of water and ease of use by the community.
Maintenance is performed by trained, locally sourced maintenance crews. The spare parts are provided free of charge to the community. All sites have a free pump repair SMS number whereby they can report a problem to our office
Roundabout Water Solutions (RWS) is a South African registered non-profit (section 21) company (registration no 2008/009247/08) which is also registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No 930027988) with the South African Revenue Services and is able to give South Africa companies a Section 18A tax certification on their donation. RWS is an independently run Nonprofit Organization (No 071-197-NPO).”

An excerpt from “Roundabout Water Solutions- Playpumps” (