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Water aid to Africa

A community in Zimbabwe is now benefitting from clean drinking water, thanks to a donation through AquAid by our parent company, PEGL.

PEGL installed three AquAid water coolers in our Sheffield offices over two years ago, with a donation being made to AquAid’s Africa Trust for every bottle of water the company purchases. The result of this is that AquAid has been able to buy an Elephant Pump on our behalf for the province of Manicaland, bringing clean, fresh drinking water to members of the community.

Mark Henley, PEGL’s Managing Director, said: “It is fantastic to think that a community in Zimbabwe is able to have its own fresh drinking water well, thanks to the donations we have been able to make by buying water for staff to drink in our factory and offices. It is part of our corporate social responsibility to put back into the community and it is great to be able to support such a worthwhile project in Africa. The Elephant Pumps that AquAid provide are vital to communities such as this one in Manicaland.”

Elephant Pumps are also used by millions of people in over seven thousand other communities. AquAid Africa is working towards providing clean water, through Elephant Pumps for over 10% of the entire population of Zimbabwe, through donations by companies such as PEGL.

Fern Shaw, AquAid Africa, said: “It is so important that AquAid receives help from companies like PEGL. It makes a huge difference to people’s lives in these communities where they may otherwise have to walk several miles to find water and even then, may find it contaminated. It is only through the ongoing support of businesses that we are able to continue to carry out this vital work.”

The Elephant Pump is based on a 2,000 year old Chinese design that has been adapted to be made stronger, more durable and from local materials available in rural sub-Saharan African communities.

For further information on AquAid visit the website www.aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk

27 January 2014

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