September 1, 2015: The Koratpur district administration has decided to introduce solar energy powered hand pumps in 151 sevashrams and 50 high schools in the district to help students draw water from tubewells without operating them manually. Sevashrams are the residential schools meant for SC and ST students.
It is believed that pumps will save time and energy required to pump ground water. According to estimates, it takes about 40 strokes to fill a bucket of water manually while the solar operated submersible pumps will help draw close to 5,000 to 20,000 litres per day.
The pumps are capable of operating for close to 7-8 hours between sunshine and sunset. In fact, after sunset or when solar power is not available, the users can use the pump to draw water. The system has a back-up and ensures uninterrupted water supply.