Cawarden gifts life-saving water pump to highlands of Zimbabwe

Providing a much-needed source of clean, fresh drinking water, a community water pump has been built in Manicaland – a province in the north eastern highlands of Zimbabwe - on behalf of Derby-based Specialist Contractor, Cawarden. 

The pump has the ability to produce up to 10,000 litres of potable water per day, supplying upwards of 300 people within the community, who are now able to collect clean drinking water and water for productive use every day.

It means the community’s children no longer need to spend hours every day walking trying to source water. Instead, they now have time to attend school.

The pump was built by local people using sustainable materials to ensure users can repair and service it themselves.

Emma Attwood of Cawarden said: “We are proud to put our name to this incredible initiative and we’re pleased to be helping to make a difference.  Thank you AquAid Water Coolers for helping us to make this possible.”

Fern Shaw of AquAid Water Coolers said: “We are grateful to Cawarden for using our water dispensers and being among our 33,000 customers nationwide, who, by ensuring that everyone in their organisation remains properly hydrated, have helped bring a lifetime supply of potable and productive water to more than two million people in communities across Africa.” 

Keeping properly hydrated allows us to perform at our very best throughout the day. That’s why Cawarden partnered with a leading watercooler supplier, AquAid, to give its employees access to naturally filtered water.

Cawarden’s water coolers provide unlimited, high-quality filtered water on demand. But what makes the unique relationship with AquAid very special is that with every cup of AquAid water, Cawarden’s employees are helping those less fortunate - because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to The Africa Trust.

These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ – just like Cawarden’s in Zimbabwe.  The pumps are a modified version of an age-old Chinese rope pulley system and collect clean, safe water from below ground.

One of the most effective ways to end the cycle of poverty is to empower a community to care for itself and this includes providing access to clean water to help sustainable development. To date, AquAid has built over 8,000 Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to bring life-saving water to thousands of people every day. They have also donated more than £18 million to charity.