Apr 08, 2015

Stepping Pump Named Edison Awards Finalist

Award winners will be announced April 23 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala

stepping pump Saajhi Edison Award Xylem Essence of Life

The Saajhi stepping pump by Xylem Inc. has been named a 2015 Award Finalist by the Edison Awards. The awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

Developed in 2013 through Xylem’s Essence of Life initiative, the Saajhi Stepping pump uses human weight and motion to move water. It was designed to help smallholder farmers in rural areas to irrigate their land more efficiently.

“At Xylem, we strive to combine innovative technology with unique business models to solve compelling, global water issues,” said Keith Teichmann, director of innovative networks and marketing, Xylem. “This award is a testament to the forward-thinking nature of our business and we’re honored to have been recognized as a finalist.”

The Saajhi pump is part of the Essence of Life initiative, which works with citizens and public and private partners to understand the needs of, and develop solutions for, rural farmers in developing nations. The pump aids farmers in cultivating crops for sale, improving their economic standing within their communities and supporting sustainable rural enterprise. The Saajhi has already improved production for rural farmers, tripling crop yield over rain-fed fields and reducing labor by more than 25% over traditional furrow irrigation.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Xylem continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”

Award winners will be announced April 23 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the ballroom of The Capitale in New York City.

Edison Award nominees are judged by more that 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria for quality.