In Turkana, Oxfam is piloting the use of solar powered water pumps. Remote communities often run out of fuel to keep generators going - which are needed to keep the water pumping. Fuel is increasingly expensive, and during a crisis - when the boreholes are most needed - families can't afford to pay for fuel. Solar power offers a free and efficient alternative.
In a crisis - when pumps are often working for 20 hours a day - water pumps often break down from over-use. In remote communities, spare parts are hard to find. Oxfam is piloting a new "BluePump" water pump, specially designed to withstand heavy use in extremely arid regions.