Water Well Journal

November 2015

Water Well Journal

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In this ISSUE T he November issue of Water Well Journal focuses on global water and organi- zations involved with projects overseas. It contains a feature story and a guest editorial related to the subject. Along with that content and the monthly assortment of columns and departments, the November issue also contains a section titled "Groundwater Expo at a Glance" on page 34. The section details some of the happenings that will take place at the 2015 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting, December 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The section also contains on page 40 a list of all the companies that are currently slated to be in the exhibit hall. Jeffrey T. Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, who will become NGWA's president at the Expo, is featured in the Water Well Personalities article titled "Giving Back" on page 46. Freelance writer Jennifer Strawn wrote the piece that details how the satisfaction gained volunteering led Williams to his position on the NGWA Board of Directors. Along with his work on NGWA's board and numerous committees and subcommittees, Williams has volunteered through the years in his local community, for the Vermont Ground Water Association in various positions on its board, and drilled water wells for villages in the northwest African nation of Sierra Leone. Senior Editor Mike Price researches a topic Water Well Journal has yet to cover in its global water coverage over the years: organiza- tions working to ensure water well hand pumps continue to operate after they were installed in developing nations. In "Sustaining the Future" on page 23, Price interviews workers from different organi- zations devoted to this cause—including David Powell, CWD/PI, president of Edward Powell Pump & Well Drilling Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania. Powell is cofounder of Wells for Relief International Inc. and is applying a multifaceted sustainability model so villages in the Volta Region of Ghana in northwest Africa can be self-sufficient. The Vil- lanova University College of Engineering recently partnered with Wells for Relief International to conduct geographic information system mapping of the more than 1000 well sites drilled over the nearly 10 years in Ghana. In the accompanying sidebar article Price highlights the design of a new water well hand pump for use in developing nations and colder regions. Frustrated with the lack of quality hand pumps in Africa, Nathan Rittenour, director of development for Congo Frontline Missions, developed a hydraulic water well hand pump to oper- ate for three years without maintenance. It will be on display and available at the 2015 NGWA Groundwater Expo. A guest editorial titled "Business and Water" on page 10 is also related to the theme of global water. It is authored by Rochelle Holm, Jim McGill, and Henk Holtslag of Mzuzu University in Malawi, a country in southeast Africa. The University opened its SMART Centre in 2012 as a way to train local artisans in production, quality control, marketing, and business skills. One of its focuses is on training local water entrepreneurs and improving access to water serving small communal water systems and self-supply products at the household level. The Centre was awarded a grant from the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation's Developing Nations Fund in 2014. The funds went to- ward a conference for the education of area drillers. The workshop featured inter- active discussions where practical and useful experiences were shared to improve the local companies and the drilling conditions within their environment. The editorial details the working conditions in Malawi, the work of the Centre, and the opportunities for area drillers to provide a sustainable water supply. 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