As a good corporate citizen company, Flo-Tek has many CSR initiatives in each of the countries that it has presence in.
In South Africa, Flo-Tek has always been passionate about giving back to the community. Donations have consistently been made to various charities and organisations, however Play Pumps a project that needs special mention. Roundabout Water Solutions, along with Flo-Tek RSA, has an agreement with the South African Department of Water Affairs and the Governments of Malawi and Lesotho. Together they raise funds to supply rural communities with clean drinking water by means of a sustainable pumping system that is powered by the children who are playing, this system is called a Play Pump.
The Play Pump is a specifically designed and patented roundabout that drives a conventional borehole pump while entertaining children. The revolutionary pump design converts rotational movement to reciprocating linear movement by a driving mechanism consisting of only two working parts. Playing on a roundabout or merry-go-round has always been fun for children, so there is never a shortage of ‘volunteers’. As the children spin, water is pumped from underground into a Flo-Tek Polyethylene tank, standing seven meters above the ground. A simple tap provides easy access for the mothers and children drawing water. Excess water (overflow) is directed from the storage tank back down to the borehole.