How it works

The PlayPump is a specifically designed and patented roundabout (1) that drives a conventional borehole pump (2) while entertaining children. The revolutionary pump design converts rotational movement to reciprocating linear movement by a driving mechanism consisting of only two working parts.

Playing on a roundabout or merry-go-round has always been fun for children, so there is never a shortage of ‘volunteers’. As the children spin, water is pumped from underground (3) into a Polyethelene tank (4), standing seven meters above the ground. A simple tap provides easy access for the mothers and children drawing water (5).Excess water (overflow) is directed from the storage tank back down to the borehole (6).

Four landscape billboards (7) screen the tank to create a unique advertising site. Two sides are used for community awareness messages and the other two sides for commercial advertising messages.