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)

Manually Drilled Wells: Providing water in Nigeria’s Megacity of Lagos and beyond

by Dr Kerstin Danert, Skat Foundation In Lagos, a city of over 17 million people, water demands are mainly being met from tapping the groundwater that lies beneath the city. Boreholes provide water directly at people’s homes or business premises. Borehole construction is being paid for by householders and businesses themselves. Water vendors, selling water … Continue reading Manually Drilled Wells: Providing water in Nigeria’s Megacity of Lagos and beyond

Realities of water well drilling in Africa: e-discussion highlights so far

RWSN is currently hosting a 3 week discussion on 'Cost Effective Boreholes' as part of our Sustainable Groundwater Development Theme.  Here are some highlights so far: It is very interesting to read the inputs so far from Kenya, Zambia, Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda. From the discussions so far, it seems that the Kenya and … Continue reading Realities of water well drilling in Africa: e-discussion highlights so far

Boreholes and trees – why drilling supervision matters

by Professor Richard Carter, Chair of RWSN [1] 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.[2] What is a borehole? Someone [3] once defined a tree as "a big plant with a … Continue reading Boreholes and trees – why drilling supervision matters