James Burchill

James Burchill

Industrial Design & Technology BA

Intuitive pump for Africa

Water is essential to human life but it is often difficult to obtain. All across Africa, a variety of hand pumps have been installed to try and supply this vital resource. Even with this support there is a growing problem: the pumps keep breaking. However the boreholes they are connected to are still there, so a new design of pump could have a significant impact. The result of this project was a very simple pump that would be easy to maintain and produce. This goal was met by using one of the oldest pump designs from history, and paying attention to the development of the relationship the user would have with the pump, in regards to maintenance.