: Ekoventure

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Introductions

By Peer Water Exchange Posted on Sat 04 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

This review is to introduce Ekoventure to other folks in India and Nicaragua.

Ekoventure has taken rope pump technology from Nicaragua and introduced it to India via some European donors. I hope to help put their video up on youtube to share it with my friends - El Porvenir - in Nica.

In India (and Africa ...) the handpump is common and it might be good to see some comparisons in actual use.

Project Well in India might also benefit to see if the rope pump can be used for their shallow dug wells.

Anyway, i will let the other peers ask questions and i look forward to learning from the discussions.

Regards,
Rajesh

Rope pump in India

By El Porvenir Posted on Thu 09 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

I like the blended approach that Ekoventure has: mixing indigenous practices with modern practices. I'm curious about more specifics on the indigenous practices and the proposed modern technologies--I suppose that will wait for a full application, though.

We use the rope pump in Nicaragua, and I'm pleased to see it has made it way to India. In what ways did the pump need to be adapted for use in India? Are all the same materials available? Were some things substituted for others? If so, what were they?

I'm interested in how he drip irrigation project works. It's small-scale, just for the kitchen gardens? How is the household solid waste disposed of in the garden?

I look forward to reading your answers,
Jenna Saldana

Rope pump in India

By Ekoventure Posted on Fri 10 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

Dear Jenna Saldana,

The Rope pump was introduced in the Coastal Villages (60) in Tamilnadu under the Green Post Tsunami Action Project funded by EU. Mr. Henk Holtslag from Practica Foundation was the consultant. He was here for >45days in three spells to train the staff and Workshop men in producing and installing the rope pumps. Mostly, all the materials were made available. He made simple dyes/devices to produce rope pumps in large scale.

In the same project we promoted low cost drips produced by IDE (I) in small scale for Kitchen gardens/vegetable gardens of 10-15 cents (400-600 sq.metre). Kindly see a field photo uploaded here.

The Effective Microorganism (EM) treated (pickled) solid waste is dumped in small pits and covered with soil. Later tree saplings or seedlings are planted. This organic stuff provides good nutrient supply to the plants.

regards

Pushpalatha

the rope pump and siphon

By Project Well Posted on Thu 09 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

Hi Ekoventure seems to be involved in many aspects in the rural areas. Excellent innovative projects. Though PWX deals with only water and sanitation it would be good to get an estimate on how many people are being benefitted through other projects. It would be good see the real numbers and also depicted on the map that would come later.

I am very much interested n the rope pump. What is the average depth of the wells where rope pumps are attached? Is it possible to get the technology and the diagram? In the area where Project Well operates the dugwells are shallow that supposedly gets contaminated with bacteria hence need to be chlorinated. Is there any opening on the top from where the disinfectant can be applied?

Regarding the Siphon system: need more information for it is completely new to me. a) water from which source is siphoned and why? b) is it following some kind of decantation method? c) what about presence of bacteria and toxic chemicals in the source water?

Thank for the information of the other projects and the pictures that are so hlepful in many ways.

Meera Hira-Smith

the rope pump and siphon

By Ekoventure Posted on Thu 09 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

Dear Meera Hira-Smith.

Thank you very much for the comments.

Kindly refer the uploaded documents: Water Filter and Rope Pump which would provide the required informatinon.

For further information kindly contact us

regards

Pushpalath

the rope pump and siphon

By Ekoventure Posted on Thu 09 Jul 2009, over 11 years ago

Dear Meera Hira-Smith.

Also kindly download the Manual on "Rope Pump" from the website for the technology and diagram.

http://www.practicafoundation.nl/wp-content/uploads/PDF/practica-180306-rope-pump-manual-ethiopia-march-2006-complete1.pdf

regards

Pushpalatha