From 2003 to date, assessments of borehole drilling sector cost-effectiveness and professionalism have been undertaken for the following countries: Burkina Faso (Duffau & Ouedraogo, 2009 and Galbane (2011)) Chad (Danert, 2015a) Ethiopia (Carter et al, 2006, and Calow et al, 2012) Ghana (Adekile & Kwei, 2009 and O Dochartaigh et al, 2011b) Kenya (Doyen, 2003 and Armstrong, … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector
Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Water Security, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.
Let me tell you a not-very-well-kept secret. My PhD research some 15 years ago was on manual drilling. That was what took me to Uganda in the first place and taught me how to link social science, business development and technology. For those of you who don’t know what it is, manual drilling refers to … Continue reading What is the big deal about manual drilling anyway?
RWSN is not a formal organisation, more of a shared idea. In 1992, the network was founded as the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) with a narrow focus on.... handpump technology. 22 years on, and this small group of engineers from the Water & Sanitation Program of the World Bank, UNICEF, Skat and the Swiss Agency … Continue reading a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..
In his key note speech, Professor Richard Carter urged the delegation at the 41st IAH Congress to do more to explain why groundwater matters and why hydrogeological science is important. "I wish there was a District Water Officer or a Finance Minister speaking here, perhaps both instead of me, asking you what all this groundwater … Continue reading Addressing failure in rural water supply in Africa – how we can all do better (Video)
by Professor Richard Carter, Chair of RWSN  About 1 billion people in rural areas rely on boreholes (mostly fitted with handpumps) for their water supply. Another 300 million in small towns and cities get their domestic water from boreholes. What is a borehole? Someone  once defined a tree as "a big plant with a … Continue reading Boreholes and trees – why drilling supervision matters