A not-so-simple process

Drilling a borehole, often hundreds of feet deep to reach the aquifer’s water, is always a technical challenge. That challenge is magnified when you’re in a remote South Sudan village, operating in 120°F+ temperatures.

The drilling rig requires water to operate. Gravel of a certain size and shape for use in the borehole must be located. Compressed air must be available. Soil must be tested and retested to measure progress. Diesel fuel is required at all times and so is special polymer to keep the borehole intact until pipe is sunk for the well.

And of course, the crew must be fed every day of the drilling season.

All in all, Water for South Sudan operations make a fascinating study in a process that only appears simple.