ICT Solutions

Lifelink Water Solutions

For most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, access to safe and reliable water remains a major challenge. In Kenya alone, 16 million people do not have access to clean water. Increased incidences of drought linked to climate change is worsening water scarcity, particularly in areas that have limited and sporadic rainfall, leading to migration and increased urbanization.

Grundfos, the world's largest pump manufacturer, created Lifelink as a self-contained, self-financing, energy- and cost-efficient water delivery solution for communities in developing countries.

To collect water, people charge a smart card with credit bought onsite or via their mobile phones, insert it into the water ATM and pay for the water they need.

The heart of each Lifelink solution, the AQtap water ATM, is a single product that combines three elements essential to smarter water management: smart cards to store water credits; a water ATM to tap water and manage credits; and a water management system where data from transactions and operations are processed and published.

Using ICT tools to address water scarcity


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Paris Agreement

Renewable energy, such as solar, is crucial for countries to meet their pledges under the Paris Agreement.

Projects like Lifelink help Uganda and Kenya build resilience to climate change and reduce CO2 emissions while providing a reliable supply of water, which increases food security, as well as generates income.

Contingent upon international support for finance, investment, technology development and transfer and capacity building Kenya seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% relative to the business as usual scenario by 2030.

Uganda submitted a pledge under the Paris Agreement that could potentially result in 22% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below the business as usual scenario of 2030 contingent upon the implementation of certain policies pertaining to forestry, wetland sector, and energy supplies. In particular, Uganda stated it will "Achieve a total of at least 3,200 Mega Watts renewable electricity generation capacity by 2030, up from 729 Mega Watts in 2013."