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Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation and RWSN.
The 'Stop the Rot' initiative documents the scale and extent of rapid handpump corrosion and the use of poor-quality handpump components in sub-Saharan Africa and tries to bring about actions to address these problems. These two interlinked issues contribute to poor handpump performance, rapid handpump failure and poor water quality, all of which can ultimately lead to abandonment of the handpump sources, thus forcing users to return to contaminated or distant water supplies.
The first report estimates the reliance on handpumps in sub-Saharan Africa, reviews the literature on handpump functionality and performance, and synthesises information on handpump technical quality from various studies and assessments.
The second report examines handpump corrosion in detail, with an overview of what is known and what has been done to address the issue in specific SSA countries and by select organisations.
The third report reflects on the existing guidance on handpump quality assurance, collates examples of poor-quality components, and examines handpump supply chains through a case study of Zambia.
DANERT, K. (2022) Stop the rot: handpump functionality, corrosion, component quality and supply chains. Action research in sub-Saharan Africa , Ask for Water GmbH, Skat Foundation and RWSN. , St Gallen, Switzerland
Stop the Rot Report I: Handpump reliance, functionality and technical failure. Action research on handpump component quality and corrosion in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Stop the Rot Report II: Rapid corrosion of handpumps. Action research on handpump component quality and corrosion in sub-Saharan Africa
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Stop the Rot Report III: Handpump standards, quality and supply chains with Zambia case study. Action research on handpump component quality and corrosion in sub-Saharan Africa
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