Borders MP Calum Kerr has praised a “remarkable” new water treatment system developed by Kelso firm Scotmas, which will soon be deployed in 40 rural villages in Botswana.

The Bravo-Hydro water treatment system is fully self-sustaining and creates its own power by means of a tiny hydro-electric generator placed within the water pipe itself.

The product is specifically designed to allow water to be reliably disinfected in remote areas and operates without grid electricity.

After meeting with officials from the Botswana, Scotmas and Scottish Enterprise in Kelso on Friday, Mr Kerr commented:

“I was delighted to meet with key partners to hear first-hand about how the remarkable Bravo-Hydro project was developed.”

“Scotmas is a pioneering business that demonstrates what can be achieved when you combine innovation, skills and targeted support,” he added.

Due to a range of environmental and social factors including drought, and a population increase in Botswana, sources of safe drinking water have become increasingly scarce.

The project is part of a large investment by the Botswana Government to improve water distribution to rural communities and assist in economic and social development.

Scotmas Managing Director Alistair Cameron said:

“Innovation lies at the heart of what we do best at Scotmas. Through the assistance of Scottish Enterprise, our diverse team of engineers, scientists and manufacturing staff have worked hard to develop this new product in record time. This will give us the best possible platform for further growth and job creation over the coming years”.

Mr Kerr added:

“We should all be proud of this business’s achievement as it launches a product that looks set to have a very positive impact on the long struggle to bring clean, safe, drinking water to some of the most challenging locations on the planet.”

“This kind of highly specialised manufacturing