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Pump It Up

Izz's Dad

What do you know about pumps, Izz?

Izz

I know that the Black Eyed Peas said, "Pump it, and pump it LOUDER!"

Izz's Dad

I'll take that as, "I know nothing, father. Please tell me about pumps." Okay, I will. There's a new invention that harnesses the merry-go-round awesomeness of kids in African villages. While they spin, water gets pumped out of the ground. It's then stored in huge towers. How cool is that?

Kids on a merry-go-round

Kids play and water is pumped using a PlayPump™ water system in Cosmo City, South Africa. Photo by Frimmel Smith.

Izz's Dad

The towers are tall and can be seen from far away. So on two sides of the towers they have ads to help the villagers make money. And on the other two there are health messages. That's kinda neat.

Izz

Well, Dad, despite your using words like "neat," I'm pumped. Where can I find out more?

Izz's Dad

Funny you should ask, Izz. Below is an ocean of information about water in Africa and some links if you or your friends want to help.