US First Lady accompanied by her daughter Jenna and the Zambian First Lady graced students at the Regiment Basic Primary School in the middle of Lusaka which is home to some 1,200 students. 

These students attend school in three shifts beginning at 6:45am with the final classes finishing at 5:00pm. Their ages range from 7 to 18 years old … as an educator herself, education is very close to Mrs. Bush’s heart. 

On display the First Lady Laura Bush celebrated the U.S. Government’s first PlayPump™ water system in Sub-Saharan Africa and what a joy that the US Government chose Zambia for such a flaunt …  

Powered by play, the PlayPump water system is a children’s merry-go-round attached to a water pump and storage tank. While children have fun spinning on the PlayPump merry-go-round (1), clean water is pumped (2) from underground (3) into a 2,500-liter tank (4), standing seven meters above the ground.

A simple tap (5) makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole (6). The water storage tank (7) provides a rare opportunity to advertise in outlaying communities. 

All four sides of the tank are leased as billboards, with two sides for consumer advertising and the other two sides for health and educational messages. 

The revenue generated by this unique model pays for pump maintenance. The design of the PlayPump water system makes it highly effective, easy to operate and very economical, keeping costs and maintenance to an absolute minimum.

Capable of producing up to 1,400 liters of water per hour at 16 rpm from a depth of 40 meters, it is effective up to a depth of 100 meters. A typical hand pump installation cannot compete with the PlayPump system’s delivery rate, even with substantial effort.

In addition to providing safe drinking water, the innovative pump uses advertising billboards located on the storage tank to deliver powerful educational messages to children and families … thanks a trillion. 

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