Reading company helps African community benefit from clean water

After partnering with AquAid and adding watercoolers that make a difference to all its branches, Grant & Stone has enabled a water pump to be installed in Manicaland in Zimbabwe. The pump will provide much-needed clean and fresh drinking water for hundreds of people in the province.

Grant & Stone, which has branches in Reading, installed AquAid watercoolers into its 44 locations. With each purchase of an AquAid watercooler, Grant & Stone automatically donated to The Africa Trust, which works to bring sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa, allowing for an Elephant Pump to be installed in Manicaland.

The pump is a modified version of a Chinese rope pulley system designed to lift water and is constructed and maintained using materials that are locally available in rural sub-Saharan African communities. It is capable of producing up to 10,000 litres of clean water every day.

Fern Shaw from AquAid commented:

“The positive knock-on effects of building these pumps will benefit the recipients for decades. Implementing these sustainable solutions is only possible thanks to the invaluable custom of businesses like Grant & Stone. We are delighted they chose to partner with us on this very worthwhile initiative and very appreciative of their sterling efforts in creating awareness around what their custom produces.”

Tony Giles, branch manager at Grant & Stone builders merchants in Reading, commented:

“By simply installing AquAid watercoolers into all our branches the company has been able to make such a difference to hundreds of people’s lives, and it’s fantastic to see the Grant & Stone water pump up and running.”

To date, AquAid has built over 8,000 Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and has donated in excess of £19 million to charity.