Grundfos Solar Powered Water Supply System for Local Village in Sabah

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Overview

In line with the call by Rotary International for the need to focus on bringing Clean Water for the needy, the Rotary Club of Tawau Tanjung has embarked on a Spring Water Solar Pumping Supply System in a very remote village called Serudong Laut, Sabah, Malaysia. Serudong Laut with an ethnic community of about 302 and is only accessible by boat through a Crocodile infested mangroves river.

Their main source of clean water for consumption is rain water, however, during draught season, water has to be fetched from Serudung River, which is always muddy, and crocodiles in the river are a continuous threat to the villagers. A few of them had the misfortune of being attacked and disappeared, and presumed eaten by the reptile, one lucky villager survived to relate his ordeal.

> Current situation

Numerous wells have been dug around the village previously to source underground water; however, underground water around the area is unsuitable for consumption as it carries a pungent smell. Water from the spring has been consumed for years by families nearby and the Village Headman Encik Mitter Bin Tungkat confirmed that it had never run dry, even during severe draught.

Our initial study indicated that the only way to share this water with more villagers is to direct it to a reservoir on higher ground from where it will flow by gravitational force to the village. The only way to do that is to use a mechanical pump.

> Evaluation

The challenge that comes next is to select a suitable pump for the job. Pumps running on petrol, diesel and A/C electricity, though quite affordable and abundant, are ruled out as they will not be able to source the required power to run the pump.

After in depth research and rounds of meetings, the Community Service Subcommittee of the Club decided that the only practical pump for the project must be self running, need no fuel and need the least of maintenance. Thus, pump powered by Solar Energy fits the job as it is free, green and Eco- friendly.

The minimum cost of a Solar-Powered water pump system alone is RM12, 000, which is prohibitive in view of the Club’s limited resources.  Miscellaneous costs such as bill for the water tanks, pipes, hoses, fittings, transport and so on also need to be considered. The overall of the cost to implement the project is more than the fund being raised for this Rotary Year.  Thus, the budget allocated was not enough.

District Governor, Dr. Wu Dar Ching suggested and advised for Matching Grant, however it was not successful. Being a true Rotarian, the Club had decided to approve this project after much consideration and financial reserve would be used to proceed with the project as it would benefit everyone residing in the village.

> Function of the Clean Water System

The Clean Water System runs from the spring, where the water will be directed to a 900 gallons reservoir tank.  The Solar Panels will be installed next to this Tank to power the submersible pump inside the tank. The pump will push the water to two 400 gallons tanks located on a platform about 30 meters higher and 200 meters away. Water from there will be piped to a 400 gallons tank located near the primary school at the centre of the village; another pipe is led to the jetty, where villagers living on the other side of the river will collect clean water at the jetty.

Villagers will initially draw water from this tank. If the water flow from the spring can support the volume, additional tanks will be installed. The initial system consists of one Grundfos Solar pump system, one 900 gallon and three 400 gallons tanks, 900 meters of one inch diameter HDPE pipes and necessary fittings.

> The Implementation

After the Go-ahead, a visit and discussion was held with the village headman and villagers to seek their feedback and consent on the proposed project. The response received was enthusiastic and various land owners have given their consent to house the solar pump, water tanks and pipes on their respective lands. Mutual understanding was made that the project is a co-operation between the club and the village; the club would supply the know-how and materials needed and the village would contribute their labour and other local materials needed for the project.

The village headman was elected to lead the Village Committee, looking after the security and daily running of the water system after the project is in operation. Five visits were made to supervise the villagers who did the ground works by preparing the sites for housing all the reservoir tanks, laying the pipes, cutting the required timber and constructing the necessary water tank structures. Water tanks, pipes, fittings and all others materials were transported there after all ground works were done.

> The Accomplishment

The Clean Water System was officially handed over to the Village Headman, Encik Mitter Bin Tungkat on 2nd March 2007. He was very thankful and grateful to Rotary Club of Tawau Tanjung for making Clean Water a reality for his Kampung. Now, they have clean water for all their other daily chores in comparison to before where rain water is only used for consumption.

School children can have their daily teeth brushing session and enjoy the convenience of having their daily shower there as well. The Village headman comments that for the first time ever they now have the luxury of taking a bath with clean water and have been taking turns to bath at the Community Tank every evening. The Rotary Club of Tawau Tanjung are very glad that the Solar Powered Clean Water System works, and it serves the urgent needs of Serudung Laut community.

The project was more meaningful to the involved Rotarians particularly to President Adrian Tan, Community Service Director Wong Tsu Shi, PE Peter Wong and Rotarian Franco as it was a hands-on job. Rotary has indeed ‘LEAD THE WAY’ to a better life for this village and it was a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to see the children brushing their teeth and taking bath at the Community Tank, for children are our future.





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Grundfos Solar Powered Water Supply System for Local Village in Sabah

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Telephone

+603-5569 2922

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+603-5569 2866

Address

7, Jalan Peguam U1/25,
Glenmarie Industrial Park,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

Telephone

+604-818 3779

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+604-818 3848

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10, Ground Floor,
Jalan Todak 4, Bandar Sunway,
13700, Seberang Jaya, Penang

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+6088-380 663 / 383 663

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+6088-383 621

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Lot 8, Lorong Industri Warisan 1,
Taman Industri Warisan Indah,
Mile 7, Old Tuaran Road,
88450 Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah