UDUMA is currently the only company offering delegated management of manual pumps and drinking water supply networks in remote areas.
Water is our most precious resource because it is vital to sustaining life. Access to drinking water is a fundamental right that has been consistently claimed for 50 years. A billion people around the world still live without access to drinking water and unsafe water is still the leading cause of mortality worldwide.
Although there are numerous solutions available for installing equipment, UDUMA stands out for its unique offer, providing outsourced management of drinking water supply networks and manual pumps, managing and maintaining both drinking water supply networks AND manual pumps. Combining both areas of expertise guarantees that facilities remain in working order for longer, meeting the needs and expectations of users and the public authorities.
- Management of manual pumps
- For an efficient, continuous water distribution service
- As part of a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with local, regional or national public authorities: leasing or concession contracts depending on the level of investment
- Operation of standard or mini drinking water supply networks
- Under a leasing contract
Did you know?
The average breakdown rate for manual pumps in Africa is estimated at 50%. This represents about 500,000 broken-down pumps, with the cost of repairing them calculated at US$1 billion – an amount that would cover the drinking water needs of around 200 to 240 million people. (source: “Myths of the Rural Water Supply Sector” RWSN, May 2010)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN Member States on 25 September 2015
One of the 17 global goals, SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) is about providing universal access to drinking water by 2030. Find out more.
To help achieve this, UDUMA seeks to promote dialogue between stakeholders: public and local authorities, the population concerned, public financial institutions, banks, equipment manufacturers and NGOs. One tangible solution emerges from the four following observations:
- Manual pumps are still the only economically viable system for African villages of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants. This will continue to be the case for a long time, despite governments’ efforts to develop water supply networks, including in rural areas. Financing and guaranteeing a “water service” over the long term (at least 15 years) is becoming the primary approach to meeting needs and satisfying demand, rather than just providing pumps with no management afterwards.
- The means required in terms of equipment, maintenance and operating costs to achieve the goal of drinking water for all is far beyond the financial capacities of public bodies. Only new alliances and innovative financial mechanisms will be able to meet such a challenge.
- The principle of free access to a water service is outdated and users are perfectly willing to pay for a service providing it is a good one (in terms of quantity, quality and consistency) and the cost is fair.
- Technology now enables us to consider efficient methods for water metering and payment as well as organisation, monitoring and control of production and distribution at a reasonable cost.
UDUMA’s proposition for access to drinking water in remote areas
Implement an alternative way of managing water in rural environments based on a long-term public/private partnership (PPP), a pricing system for water services and innovative funding solutions.
The aims of the proposition are to:
- Ensure a continuous supply of drinking water for rural and/or isolated populations
- Provide an efficient service over 15 years including upkeep, maintenance and replacement of equipment
- Reduce the proportion of public investment per beneficiary
- Significantly increase access to water for more users without additional public funding