Enon company helping solve water crisis

Chilekwa Malawi with LIFEPUMP and buckets - Copy

ENON, Ohio (WDTN) – Behind the walls of Seepex in Enon, workers have developed a solution to one of the world’s greatest problems.

More than 780 million people around the globe currently lack access to clean drinking water.

It’s one of the world’s greatest problems, but Enon based Seepex may have the solution.  It’s a little, blue pump affectionally known as the “life pump”.

“It’s basically very simple,” said Kamron Mirza, the engineer who came up with the design. “Believe it or not, one of the challenges we had was to come up with the optimum size of the crank to determine what length would be the most suitable for the least amount of effort, so people wouldn’t get tired.”

Mirza said it takes just 60 revolutions to produce two and a half gallons of clean water.  Significantly less work than the miles many woman and children walk on a daily basis.

With the help of non-profits, Design Outreach and World Vision, 10 of Seepex’s life pumps have already been installed throughout Africa.

“We’re helping them out. We’re helping them get clean water,” said Deon Byrd, an employee at Seepex.  ”It’s not about the money with this part.  Normally, we do stuff for a profit.  This is completely different.  It’s all about just helping others.”

Seepex is not making any money from the production, but if demand is there, company officials expect that could translate to more jobs in Enon.

Officials also said they have plans to make a minimum of 100 life  pumps this year, but anticipate that number will grow.

“If other companies get involved, we can reduce the cost of the overall equipment,” said Daniel Lakovic, a Management Analyst at Seepex. “If we reduce the cost of the overall equipment, that means less money will put more pumps in the ground.”

If you would like more information about the life pumps and how to help check out: http://www.doutreach.org/

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