Those of you that read my blog regularly (ahem, Mom) know that I have had the personal delight and professional privilege of taking engineering students abroad for the last decade. Most of the service-learning projects we have worked on have been small scale renewable energy projects that involved solar- or hydro-generated electricity. But in addition to electricity, these trips have allowed me to get a taste - pun intended - of working on water projects too. Ba dump bump!
So over the last year or two, I have read a few books on water well drilling, aquifers, water treatment techniques, and even the issues of justice associated with water access. I began raising money to buy a water well drilling rig, and was grateful to receive a Baylor University Missions Research Grant to bring my coffers up to the $20,000 required. I couple of months ago I ordered one, and today I was able to bring this new drilling rig out to a friend's house to drill a practice well. Five students and I spent the morning and afternoon assembling the rig, leveling the ground, and drinking coffee - not necessarily in that order.
[Righty tighty lefty loosey]
[It looks smaller and lighter in photos, as do I. See the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes blooming in the background? Ahh, springtime in Texas.]