Our client, a Devon farmer with a requirement to supply water to his stock fields, approached SCL to discuss solar powered pumping systems. Their fields had no water supply and the nearest source was a spring some 800 metres distant. In addition, the elevation from spring source to fields was estimated to be some 100 metres.
We were contacted by a local dairy farm who wished to supplement their existing water supply by using water from an old abandoned borehole. The water had originally been pumped to adjacent holding tanks via a solar and wind powered system.
"A lot of communities in Ghana still lack potable water for several reasons. Some of them have been fortunate to have the government or NGO’s come to their aid in providing them with hand pump mechanized borehole."
The borehole is located between two orphanages, an upper and lower site. The pump and panels are located at a small building erected especially to house the equipment.
A Grundfos SQFlex solar powered pumping system was installed to provide an uninterrupted supply of water to the community for use in irrigation and as drinking water. A Grundfos SQF 2.5-2 solar powered submersible pump was installed in to the borehole.
More land was needed for production but this was limited by the amount of water that could be pumped from the well. The greatest constraint was the cost of fuel to run the diesel generators powering the pumps to lift water from the well and deliver it to the farms. With fuel costing around $600-$700 per year it was difficult to keep the farm profitable.