The UNESCO Chair for “Appropriate Technologies for Human Development” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid hosted a seminar on the role manual drilling for universal access to drinking water. Eleven professionals attended the event, sharing specific experiences from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda and Senegal, and providing insights from many other countries. The suite of presentations (which can be downloaded individually below) covered the following topics: groundwater potential in Africa, the development and uptake of manual drilling, legal frameworks and regulations, drillers associations, groundwater data and manual drilling and the SDGs.
The format, which was that of an academic seminar provided a platform for a rich exchange, with plenty of ideas flowing between the participants. Some actions will be fairly easy to take forward, while others require in-depth work. However, the seminar concluded that manual drilling is already playing an important role towards the sustainable development goal target for water, and will continue to do so in the future. The question is how to ensure that quality standards can be upheld, while local enterprises flourish, and groundwater resources taken fully into consideration.
To learn more about manual drilling: https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/sustainable-groundwater-management/manual-drilling