In December 2015, TESS signed an agreement with Red Cross as a partner in the “Water for Life” project. Now, the first of the water pumps are shipped to Burundi in Africa to supply around a thousand people with clean water.
Friday the 22nd of December TESS sent four of their proprietary water pumps from Lier to Burundi, directed by Red Cross. As a partner in the “Water for Life”-project, TESS has contributed their support to Red Cross in their work to realize water projects in different parts of the world.
The water pumps are self-propelled, with no help from either fuel or electricity. With the aid of running water the pump is able to transport water up to 10 meters vertically, and 400 meters horizontally. This adds up to about five liters of water per minute, and all the spare water is stored in water tanks for later use.
The water pumps are delivered with all the necessary parts, as well as spare parts and tools for easy assembly.
Built using shelf-products
Director of Innovation Jan Dyre-Hansen, along with project manager Geir Solberg and product manager John Høijord, has worked on these pumps for more than a year. All the parts applied to the production comes from TESS’ own stock.
-The pumps are built on an old technology called Rampump. They are run on the waters own fall height without adding any other form of energy, Dyre-Hansen explains.
The team from TESS put up a pump in a creek in Sylling in May, to give this green technology a thorough test. Six months later, the pump has generated about 10 million strokes and it has pumped 1,4 million liters of water – free of any technical problems, or wear and tear. This test can only be referred to as very successful.
Project manager Geir Solberg tells us; -The pump is highly durable, with several acid proof components welded together to secure it against wear and tear, as well as rust and sabotage.
-The components that needs to be replaced are standard TESS products that are easily available.
A deal worth 1,5 millions NOK
More than 700 million people lack access to clean water. Because of this more than 6000 people die every day, most of them children.
-When the president of the Red Cross contacted TESS with the request to become a partner, the “Water for Life” project quickly gained our focus, HR manager and project manager in TESS, Tomas Elton Haug, tells us.
The cooperation is rooted in a rotating activity plan. The agreement has a value of 1,5 million NOK, and is given as an economic subsidy from TESS to the project.
-It is rewarding to give children a chance to go to school instead of carrying water, Haug says.
Wide interest from other organizations
Jan Dyre-Hansen tells us there is a wide interest from other organizations:
-Kiwi and Mester Grønn joined us in Sylling to see the pump in action. They were very much interested.
Kiwi has projects in Madagascar, and Mester Grønn has projects in Ethiopia and Kenya.
-We believe several organizations will benefit greatly from the water pump, says Dyre-Hansen.