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) 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 … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

Achieving Professional and Sustainable Drilling in Madagascar? Yes, we can!

Guest blog by Charles Serele, UNICEF Madagascar As part of its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program in Madagascar, UNICEF is committed to supporting the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (MWSH) to build the capacity of the drilling sector. With this in mind, UNICEF organized a training on "Drilling Techniques and Supervision" in collaboration … Continue reading Achieving Professional and Sustainable Drilling in Madagascar? Yes, we can!

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

Zambia: Borehole Drilling Harming Ground Water

By Charles Simengwa, Stanslous Ngosa, Moffat Chazingwa and Chusa Sichone (http://allafrica.com/stories/201506070300.html) THE construction sector in Zambia is at an all-time high, with buildings springing up all around the country, particularly in urban areas. It is a building rush cutting across commercial entities and private individuals who are investing heavily in picturesque houses. This is a … Continue reading Zambia: Borehole Drilling Harming Ground Water

What is the big deal about manual drilling anyway?

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?

Addressing failure in rural water supply in Africa – how we can all do better (Video)

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)