Ibrahim Garba Abdulhamid & Uduak-obong Eyo Idiong

Many people in the rural communities lack access to clean and safe water for drinking and personal hygiene. Cases of waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, etc. are common in rural communities due to the poor quality of water they drink from streams, lakes, ponds, etc. Underground water from deep wells is safer to use. This paper discusses solar water pumping as an alternative to electric water pumping in rural areas not connected to the national grid. The system considered 100 litres as the minimum daily water requirement per person to design a DCpowered solar water pumping for 1,500 persons in a rural community with a daily sun hour of 5.5h/day. The system consist of the solar panels, DC motor, pump, and water storage tank and the method of solar water pump design and sizing is presented. The solar-powered water pumping can significantly improve water access and quality in rural areas, contributing to the overall well-being and health of the community. Governments and organizations should consider the implementation of solar-based water pump in order to provide clean and safe water for people in the rural areas. Keywords: Solar-powered, Water, Rural Communities, Solar Water pumping 0150