Miangeni Dispensary Well

At the second well in Kiboko, located about a kilometer (0.6 miles) east of the first well at the Miangeni Dispensary (a rural medical clinic), we had some problems. The drilling rods broke off about 62 feet below grade, and the drillers could not retrieve them, even with the aid of a forklift. We abandoned the borehole at the second well location along with our 8-inch tri-cone drilling bit and several drilling rods. This was devastating and costly and required us to purchase new tooling, and it cost us a month of drilling. We bought 4-inch air hammers with 5.5-inch and 6-inch drilling bits and a 6-inch air hammer with an 8-inch bit to help us drill more reliably. This tooling is designed to drill through the hard rock found in Kenya. Theoretically, our air compressor should not have the capacity to operate the 4- or 6-inch air hammers and effectively blow out the cuttings from a 6-inch or an 8-inch borehole. But, it has been performing phenomenally and has no problem blowing out the cuttings.

We completed the second well on July 30, 2021, after which our drilling team took a needed four-week break with their   families (while drilling, they don’t get to see their families).  They drilled six days a week for ten weeks.

While the drilling team was on break, we determined that the second well was only going to produce about 2 gallons of water per minute. We decided to spend a few days drilling it deeper when the drilling team returned. They drilled the well 30 feet deeper and it increased the production rate to over 9 GPM. This well can provide over 4,000 gallons (or 15,000 liters) of water per day, which helps as many as 1,300 people each day!!!


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