The latest addition to our offering is the MajiPlus distribution system; a true testament of our constant innovation in the interest of accelerating rural water access. The MajiPlus system design consists of a network of compact mini water kiosks with a 1,000L storage tank, all connected to a central borewell and solar-power source.
Depending on the water needs, this grid can be expanded or reduced. The concept uniquely matches water production with actual demand, resulting in an overall much smaller, more efficient and more affordable system, while having the same water sales capacity of an equivalent decentralised system per access point. The MajiPlus system if flexible by design. It can be developed with a pressure pump, powered from a central solar array to distribute water to small buffer tanks at each water access point. By installing a pressurized delivery system, water can be dispensed at several different sites up to a kilometre from a single well point, even uphill. Alternatively, a gravity-fed system can be deployed, elevating the central tank. All design decisions are data-driven, taking into consideration the lay of the land, social, hydrogeological, and cost aspects.
Higher service levels to maximise income
Bringing water closer to people elevates user experience through flawless technical performance, contributing to the willingness to pay and financial self-sufficiency of the model. Field observations suggest that an average single kiosk has a catchment area of about 300–400 metre radius. Creating a small network of water kiosks, each serving their own catchment area can result in higher demand via improved value creation, therefore leading to maximised revenue. Through our design planning, these systems are also considerably more cost-effective than multiple standalone kiosks.
Our post-impact surveys confirm 100% adoptability rates and very high satisfaction rates (87% very satisfied, 13% satisfied), compared to before the intervention (40% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied). Critically, end-users confirm that they now fetch more water (both quantity and frequency) per day as a result of the proximity of the water points to their homes.
In case of population growth or a general increase in water demand, the system can be easily expanded by adding additional satellite kiosks to the system. By allowing expansion at minimal cost in terms of investment and operations, we are able to increase net revenues significantly. Critically, this enables us to improve the business case and ensure the long-term sustainability of the facility and service to the community. We will close the gap between the prevailing rural water models known for non-functionality and low revenue, and our own visionary model; a self-expanding economic model supporting sustainable access to safe water cultivating thriving communities.