Yamaha Motor Providing 10 Compact Water Purification Systems in Senegal - Changing Lifestyles in Developing Nations Struggling with Drinking Water Supply -
February 16, 2018
IWATA, February 16, 2018—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that it plans to install the Yamaha Clean Water Supply System in 10 locations in river basins in Senegal between February and November 2018. This is the first time that multiple units of this compact water purification system aimed at developing nations have been installed in the same project.
This initiative is a concrete expression of the aim "access to safe water and hygiene improvements for 10 million people" stated by the Government of Japan as a support measure for Africa at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in June 2013. Yamaha Motor is installing this system after successfully bidding for project grants from the Government of Japan to the Government of Senegal.
The Yamaha Clean Water Supply System features a simple construction based on the natural purification function "slow filtration." It requires no significant electricity supply or maintenance by specialist technicians, enabling operation by the local people themselves. Yamaha Motor is progressing the installation of this water purification system through partnerships with public agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This initiative also works towards the United Nations SDG※ 6, "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all."
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)※
Sustainable Development Goals from 2016 to 2030 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.
Included are standards for achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated targets, covering issues shared by international society.
Based on the principle of "slow filtration" used in many parts of the world since ancient times, the Yamaha Clean Water Supply System does not use coagulants or filters, ensuring a light environmental footprint from its operation. Drawing surface water from rivers, lakes, or marshes, it can supply 8,000 liters of purified water per day, enough for approximately 800 - 1,200 people. In addition, its simple structure delivers easy maintenance.
Changes in lifestyles through System installation
Use of the Yamaha Clean Water Supply System converts water from rivers and ponds to clean water. It has shown results in contributing to increased awareness of hygiene, and reducing incidences of diarrhea and fevers etc. It also brings a variety of lifestyle changes, such as relief from the task of drawing water enabling more time for productive activities and study, as well as village development through new businesses such as water delivery, cleaning, and ice manufacture. In addition, increased village self-determination has resulted through the forming of committees to manage the system's operation.
Installation status (as of December 2017) *Excluding the 10 units in this project
Total installed systems: 24 units in 12 countries
- Africa: 10 units in 7 countries (Senegal, Mauritania, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Cameroon)
- Asia: 8 units in 2 countries (Indonesia, Vietnam)
- Asia (with monitors installed): 6 units in 5 countries (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam)