Our new deep well drilling machine is now complete. A project from a dream and a long process both in fundraising and in the choice and type of machine.
To drill in order to give water to the tens of thousands of people (more than 80% of the population according to us and our friends on the spot), who do not have access to it. This is why the foundation decided to obtain its own drilling machine, in order to reduce costs as much as possible.
Hello everyone from Caruban city, East Java, where we are with Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Indonesia to check the new deep well drilling rig, which we have ordered.
After nearly two months of work, this essential machine for the rural communities of East Sumba is complete and we are checking that everything is in good order before sending it to the field, there in the far east of Indonesia.
We are on-site with the #truckoflife to check out the machine, see how it works, build quality, and also learn how it works. We are very happy, because Bapak Rafa, the manufacturer has made improvements that we didn’t expect at all, it’s a nice surprise for all of us.
For example a gearbox, 4×4 type, as for an all-terrain vehicle. It increases the drilling force, and the power of the machine by force gearing, and reduces the wear and tear of the whole equipment including the 11PK diesel machine.
It is a machine that we have chosen all together in detail regarding the specifications. From the field employees on-site in Sumba East to the administrative teams in Switzerland and Indonesia. We asked for the consultation of specialists too, like our friend Hasto from Surabaya, who is a consultant for large robotic construction machines and pumps.
“Water is not necessary for life, it is life…”
As explained above, this new drilling machine must meet the real needs in the field. For example, it is completely mechanical, which reduces the risk of broken parts and replacement time. In East Sumba, there is not much available if we have to change a part of the machine we can repair it ourselves, on-site if necessary.
This Drilling Machine is imposing and powerful, here are some pictures. Its weight is more than two tons, it can drill wells 150m deep, for a diameter of 8 inches, or 20cm. Bringing it to a previously chosen site will obviously be an adventure, as we have already experienced during the last drilling carried out by the foundation on the #sdmbinudita site, as part of the #waterconnections project.
But such a tool is necessary so that the villages in the rural areas of this region can access a source of clean water. which is not dangerous for the inhabitants and their children.
Now for the finishing touches, especially in terms of safety, with the addition of protections around the diesel engine & other little things that we wanted to add to make the whole thing even more perfect than it already is. Then around April 20, it will be his shipment by truck to our base camp at Rumah Kambera, Waingapu, East Sumba.