Water Well Journal

November 2016

Water Well Journal

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waterwelljournal.com 20 November 2016 WWJ T hough we often take clean water for granted, millions around the world are not so lucky, and that daily con- venience is replaced by a deep longing for fresh, clean, convenient water. In an effort to help out, volunteers often travel thousands of miles to help locals access clean water in impoverished regions of Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. But traveling to these remote areas, where the equipment and conveniences of home are often impractical and unavailable, can pose safety concerns. The key to success is relying on safety practices and equip- ment training. This involves knowing how to prepare for the trip, operate the drill correctly, and ensure equipment is safe for the next crew. The planning and preparation begins long before the flight takes off. Before a volunteer's boots even touch the ground, charity organizations work with villages to determine a safe and convenient well location. This means finding stable ground with low risk of contamination and close access for villagers maintaining the well. While organizations complete this behind-the-scenes work, it's a perfect time for volunteers to gain knowledge and expe- rience that will make for a safe and successful mission. Protection begins with prepping and packing Just like when you're working for your company, proper preparation and training go a long way when it comes to max- imizing safety on drill sites. Partner with a charity organiza- tion and drill manufacturer that offers training videos and safety guides for 24/7 support. Research the required immunizations for tropical and sub- tropical countries and background on the country's regulations from the State Department's Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management. This reduces any potential Some manufacturers will provide kits containing personal pro- tection equipment and necessary tools for drill maintenance and repairs. This kit is from Lone Star Drills. By Joe Haynes

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