Low cost drilling in Malawi

In Northern Malawi (Mzuzu) small entrepreneurs are in the process of becoming skilled in using manual drilling to make wells by hand. They are currently using sludging/percussion techniques for drilling in clay soils, but encounter difficulties in hard formations.

Besides a practical drilling training, PRACTICA has tested the FLOFLO percussion drilling technique (designed by HWGA, Holland Water Goes Africa), that claims to drill easily through granites and basalts, but also to be quick in clays and to be so simple in use that each individual is able to make its own well.

Goals

  • To strengthen new (drilling) enterprises by practical training and to drill 7 drinking water wells
  • To test a new percussion system that could be of use to these enterprises

Activities

  • Shipment of a FLOFLO percussion kit from the Netherlands
  • Local production of drilling bits
  • Comparative testing of the kit with other manual drilling techniques
  • Training of small enterprises in the use of the percussion technique
  • Additional coaching and training on well construction and quality of works
  • Drilling of 7 drinking water wells

Budget

€ 35,000

Results

  • 10 enterprises received drilling trainings
  • 7 wells drilled, giving access to 1900 users
  • Significant increase of self-supply rope pump customers
  • The FLOFLO claim of drilling in granite is not true; in general there is no added value of the FLOFLO compared to locally produced drilling kits
Status
Closed
Terminé
Period
Période
2013
clients
  • Aqua for All logo
  • Stichting Beheer Fonds Vrienden van Afrika (BVA)
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