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Drilling Boreholes for Handpumps Working Paper 2 on Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation


This booklet seeks to suggest ways in which funds can be better used for making safe water available to the poor by illustrating how drilling costs can be reduced without compromising water quality, water quantity, or the productive life of the borehole. These arguments are directed towards the rural water supply sector as a whole. Those directly addressed are primarily decision makers, government civil servants, planners and implementers of water projects who are not experts in drilling, as well as technical people, project leaders, technical aid personnel etc. This publication is neither a detailed drilling manual nor a methodology of drilling methods.

The author draws on his extensive experience as a member of the UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation community. He hopes that his views and proposals will be a catalyst for change, and that this contribution will stimulate interest in experimenting with ideas on low cost drilling of boreholes for handpumps.

Bibliographical Information:

WURZEL, P. (2001) Drilling Boreholes for Handpumps. Working Paper 2 on Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation , RWSN , Skat , St Gallen, Switzerland


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