Six African Villages Get Solar Wells

May 15, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] According to AllAfrica.com, six solar energy test wells in different villages in Kuje and Gwagwalada have been completed by the Water Board of the Federal Capital Territory. The test wells or boreholes are considered the safest and cheapest way of providing potable water for rural dwellers. The General Manager of African Water Engineering Services Limited, the firm handling the project, Dr. Joy Ata, said that the solar pedalled borehole can last for about 25 years without any mechanical fault and maintenance free. He said that the system need only two hours of sunshine to enable it to pump water to the 3,500 tank and that without the sun, it could manually operate.

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