Emergency well jetting — Oxfam humanitarian staff test out new kit
Matt Carter Communications Executive
25th Jun 2012
What do humanitarian staff do in their spare time? They have fun testing new kit, of course. Matt Carter shares his video of Oxfam water engineers trying their hand at well jetting.
If you have ever wondered what humanitarian staff do wih their free time, this video could give you an insight, it shows members of Oxfam's Public Health Engineering team getting together with our Logistics team to test out some new well jetting equipment.
Well jetting is a technique that uses a jet of water to flush a pipe through loose soils into a shallow aquifer. It is used to drill boreholes in soft rock formations. The flexibility of the jetting technology means that it is a good option in the immediate aftermath of an emergency and is often used to access clean groundwater sources on the banks of rivers etc.
This was the case in Dolo Ado camp, Ethiopia, where Oxfam joined forces with Médecins Sans Frontières to tap into vital groundwater sources by digging numerous shallow bore holes with this technology.
As as result of this training and experience in Dolo Ado, Oxfam see this as a valuable and effective piece of equipment and two of them have recently been send to South Sudan as part of response in Upper Nile where fighting has displaced many thousands of people and left them without access to clean drinking water.