Town Clerk's Office, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD

Blandford Forum Town Council makes a positive difference to communities in need of safe drinking water

October 29, 2019


Blandford Forum Town Council is pleased to announce that as a result of  its decision to invest in water boilers from AquAid, they are supporting the installation of water wells (known as Elephant Pumps) in Africa. Due to their unique relationship with AquAid, this has provided the Council with the opportunity to help those further afield less fortunate than themselves.

When an organisation purchases water dispensers from AquAid, a percentage of the sales revenue is donated to the Africa Trust, a charity which installs Elephant Pumps. Through this initiative AquAid have donated more than £7,000,000 to the Africa Trust resulting in more than 2,000,000 people being supplied with potable water.

Through their contributions to the Africa Trust, an Elephant Pump has been installed in Africa on behalf of Blandford Forum Town Council.

Blandford Forum Town Council Water Aid Well

The Elephant Pump is a modified version of a water pump based on an age old Chinese rope pulley system. The pump is built by an experienced member of the Africa Trust in collaboration with local people from the community who are then taught how it works and how to repair it using local materials and parts.

This pump will bring much needed clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to the well.

To date AquAid has built more than 8,000 Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and donated in excess of £15 million to charity.

The Town Clerk, Mrs Linda Scott-Giles said, ‘The Town Council has installed a water boiler in the newly refurbished Woodhouse Gardens pavilion and in the Corn Exchange kitchen. These Eco boilers reduce electricity consumption and are much better for the environment. Blandford Forum Town Council is very proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause. ‘

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