The WFSS team completed another successful season, overcoming numerous challenges, as is the norm when operating in South Sudan, the newest country in the world.
The team reached the amazing milestone of drilling the 300th well for the nonprofit. The final tally at the end of the season was a total of 304 wells drilled since 2005.
Our new rehabilitation team was launched this year, in response to our 2015 well evaluation survey which found a number of the oldest wells had erosion and breakages in the cement platforms and drainage channels around the well. The team set a goal to repair 20 of the oldest wells. Their work went so well, and progressed much more quickly than anticipated, and they were able to rehab 31 of the oldest wells.
Both teams used new procedures in drilling new wells and repairing older ones: using a stronger mixture of cement, regrading the platform around the well to encourage run-off away from the well, and constructing longer drainage channels away from the well.
As soon as the team finished the season, they brought the teams and equipment back to our compound in Wau and began the assessment process on the season, and reviewed all mechanical needs.
Read more about the 2017 season here.