An opportunity to reflect on manual drilling – UNESCO Seminar in Madrid, 2019

It was 21 years ago that I was first confronted with manual drilling.  I had just started my PhD research at Cranfield University.  The idea was to develop a human operated rig that could break through harder (laterite) formation, test it in an African country, and have it adopted by the private sector… in three … Continue reading An opportunity to reflect on manual drilling – UNESCO Seminar in Madrid, 2019

Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

From 2003 to date, assessments of borehole drilling sector cost-effectiveness and professionalism have been undertaken for the following countries: Angola (Pinto, 2017: English & Portuguese) Burkina Faso (Duffau & Ouedraogo, 2009 ; Galbane (2011); Danert. K, Ouedraogo, JP, Amadou, B et Zombre, A (2018); Danert, K; Ouédraogo, JP; Amadou, B and Zombre, A (2019)) Chad (Danert, … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

Voyage of groundwater discovery

The first ‘Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes’ online course, provided by Unicef, Skat Foundation and Cap-Net kicked off in early March 2018. Running over six weeks, the new online course provides participants with an overview of what is required to improve borehole drilling professionalism in the countries in which they work. … Continue reading Voyage of groundwater discovery

Getting groundwater off the ground

How do we  raise capacity for borehole drilling and its management globally? If everyone is to have access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, detailed attention is required for the siting, drilling and installation of boreholes in every single project in every country. Alas, this … Continue reading Getting groundwater off the ground

OSCAR CARLSSON (1928 – 2017) Inventor of the Sholapur Hand Pump (basis of the India Mark II Pump)

by Ruper Talbot Oscar Carlsson, famed designer of the Sholapur hand pump on which the India MK II is based, died in Sweden on January 18th aged 89. Ingrid, his wife of some 60 years, a teacher and social worker, died four months ago. Oscar’s funeral will take place in his home town of Kristianstad, southern … Continue reading OSCAR CARLSSON (1928 – 2017) Inventor of the Sholapur Hand Pump (basis of the India Mark II Pump)

Quelques astuces pour une exploitation des eaux souterraines réussie: séminaire sponsorisé au 7ème Forum du RWSN, Abidjan

Vous exploitez des nappes phréatiques pour améliorer la desserte en eau des zones rurales? Venez participer à cette journée de séminaire et découvrir comment utiliser les eaux souterraines pour établir des systèmes salubres et durables d'approvisionnement en eau. Nous y aborderons nombre de sujets liés à l'exploitation des eaux souterraines, des informations et des données … Continue reading Quelques astuces pour une exploitation des eaux souterraines réussie: séminaire sponsorisé au 7ème Forum du RWSN, Abidjan

RWSN Forum – 24 days to go – 24 jours restantes

Despite at times feeling overwhelmed by sending and receiving an unbelievable number of emails in preparing for the 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire from the 29th November to 2nd December, there is a wonder about the build-up to the event.  With just over three weeks to go (gulp), the efforts and team spirit … Continue reading RWSN Forum – 24 days to go – 24 jours restantes