Scaling up Manual Drilling in Liberia

Together with ZOA the manual drilling sector is being developed and professionalized in Liberia. In 2009 and 2010 with funding of Aqua4all a first step was made to introduce manual drilling in Liberia, Monrovia as an alternative to the many unprotected and highly polluted shallow hand dug wells. This phase consisted of 3 missions being; a sector assessment, practical training on tools production and well drilling and a 3rd training on theoretical follow-up to 2 enterprises.


A second phase project was operational in 2015 and 2016 with funding from Unicef as part of the DGIS WCARO program to scale the initiative of 2009. A total of 8 enterprises are being trained in using the rotary jetting technique to improve the health and well-being of communities in Liberia, as well as to significantly reduce the costs for drilling of high quality wells. All enterprises will receive training in well installation and Geo-hydrology and business skills to manage their business. The program is being combined with a promotion campaign to prepare for a third phase in 2017 on quality control and tendering and in 2018 scaling to other areas.


  • Hands-on training for 8 MD enterprises
  • Training of 8 MD enterprises in Business skills, Geo-hydrology and well development
  • Sector awareness, promotion & uptake and quality control
  • Scaling to new potential drilling regions


  • Hands-on training rota-sludge and rotary Jetting
  • Business skill training & practice tendering
  • Geo-hydrology training
  • Promotion campaign development
  • Quality control training and coaching with 3 Ministries
  • Exploring new drilling regions using low cost resistivity kit


Funded by Unicef (2015, 2016). Funded by Aqua4all (2009, 2010).


  • Scaling up and professionalization of manual drilling in Liberia
  • Reduce cost of high quality wells
  • Increase affordable access to clean drinking water for local population