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Needs – Rotary Drill

By Tim Rasmussen

One of the challenges Water for Life faces is the dwindling number of cable tool drillers. There are a limited number of men with experience in this technology and very few ways for interested persons to get experience in the technology. Probably this is because cable tool drilling is a technology that has been overtaken and passed by modern hydraulic and digital technology.

We utilize cable tool drills because we can fix things that break and wear out with a welder and basic tools, and for the more obvious reason is that is all we have. We now have three 22-W drilling rigs in service in Guatemala. These rigs have been upgraded to diesel power, so they are not very expensive to run and diesel fuel is more available than gasoline. We have a fuel trailer we can fill and take to the field if necessary to refuel a drilling rig once it is set up.

Water for Life has a loyal cadre of men who have experience in cable drilling and who are willing to donate some time to come and help the villagers in our area. Water for Life would not exist (more…)

Tan Hoc was having a problem

By Tim Rasmussen

While I was in Guatemala someone called Berny and reported that the pump at Tan Hoc was having a problem, so Berny and my wife Annette and I went out to look at the situation. Tan Hoc is about 12 miles out the road that runs from Poptun past our headquarters toward the old town of La Compuerto on the Guatemala frontier with Belize.

Tan Hoc is about 12 miles, but it takes about 1 hour. Most of the road is sufficiently bad, but there are some very weird spots. One in particular requires you to crest a hill without seeing where the road goes beyond. It takes a little courage to just keep going over the ridge without being able to see beyond (more…)