Village Drill - Borehole Drilling System
Engineered to last, the Village Drill was designed with simplicity, transportability, and durability as the guiding principles. With the ability to drill up to 270 feet, and then quickly disassemble and fit in the back of a small truck, the Village Drill was built to meet the needs of organizations doing the hard work of providing water for the nearly 1 billion people lacking simple access.
The Village Drill is leading the charge in the fight against water poverty.
With The Village Drill, instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars hiring a 20 ton drilling rig to drill just one well, you can now make the same investment in the Village Drill and produce dozens of wells each year. Investing in The Village Drill means investing in human-power.
There is only one realistic way to reduce and eliminate scarce and contaminated water, and that is with a drill strong enough to penetrate nearly all substrates, yet portable enough to move into the deepest rural regions where there is simultaneously the greatest need, and least reliable access. The Village Drill does just that.
The Village Drill offers many advantages to communities it serves
Creates Economic Independence
Communities and individuals with water can now grow healthier crops, go to school, and become industrious, saving time for themselves that was once spent fetching water from great distances. The Village Drill creates a significant social and economic impact.
Creates Sustainable Jobs
The low cost and robust nature of the Village Drill allows entrepreneurs to create a viable drilling business that was nearly impossible with other manual drilling methods. It can be owned, managed, and maintained by local entrepreneurs.
Increases School Attendance
Girls are able to attend school and receive a proper education when they are no longer obligated to fetch water during the day. When water is available, these same girls can stay clean during their menstrual cycles and not be forced to miss school.
A clean water well is superior to an open water source because it prevents a breeding ground for mosquitoes and eliminates malaria. Plus, gastrointestinal diseases from open water sources can be reduced to nearly zero.
The lack of toilets is in direct proportion to the lack of water. Once water is introduced, communities can then be introduced to effective sanitation controls.
Increases Farming Yields
With water and irrigation, communities will increase farming yields and have an additional growing season during the normally dry months.
Simple Transportation & Operation
The Village Drill can access remote communities which most drilling rigs cannot. In fact, we are able to reach 75% more communities for 75% less cost. Plus, the Village Drill can be driven in by a small truck, then hand-carried to its final destination.
In the face of a natural disaster, the difference between life and death is immediate access to clean water. The Village Drill can quickly create water points in areas difficult to access.
The Village Drill can do all that other manual drilling technologies can, and much, much more.
In certain situations other manual methods (i.e. water jetting, auguring or cable tool) can be effective in providing a single point well with a known substrate and a high water table. However, because of design limitations they have limited ability to pass through shallow groundwater, sand, harder substrate or even drill past 30 meters.
If the goal is a sustainable, self managed drilling business, by all measurable indicators the Village Drill has proven to be the most cost effective and sustainable method of borehole development, available.
Having looked already at the effectiveness of The Village Drill, now lets look at margins. A typical Cable tool or auguring system weighs between 150-200 lbs, the Village Drill is over 2,500 lbs. As you can see in the graph, the cost of material to build the Village Drill compared to a cable tool is over 13 times greater, yet it is only slightly more expensive. If a cable tool or augering system was sold by weight (which is an important part of drilling) at the same margin as the Village Drill, the cost of these simple tools would be between $66,000-$87,000 USD.
If the goal is to build one or two wells in a known area of medium soil substrate then a cable tool and/or augering system are likely good options. If the goal is to create long term, profitable drill teams with the ability to service the widest amount of people, and to drill in as many regions as possible, the Village Drill is your best option. In the long term the Village Drill is much less expensive on almost every level, but the level that is typically most important to a business is that of sustainability.
Trailer mounted, motorized drills have similar drilling capabilities as the Village Drill but with the added motors, pumps, switches, gears, hydraulics, chain’s, et al. it is nearly impossible to sustain any long term drilling operation in the field due to devastating breakdowns.
The other disadvantage is the constant vibration the drilling motor creates, causes many more cave-in’s compared to other manual methods. Add to that the “lack of feel” of the bit penetration and the cost of lost or stuck bits skyrockets.
Large truck drill rigs can drill 300+ meters through shallow groundwater and hard substrate, but unfortunately they cannot reach 75+% of the people who are the most desperate because their trucks cannot travel off improved roads or fit into tight urban areas.