Updated on January 30, 2024

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Created on September 2, 2020

Baptist Drilling Method

Open-source

The Baptist Drilling Method is a hybrid between sludging and percussion drilling.

Developed By
  1. Arrakis
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

The Baptist Drilling Method is a method of borehole construction that utilizes a valve incorporated into the bit at the bottom of the drill stem to maintain pressure during the drilling process. The main action that is used for power is a rope and pulley system.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price

$150.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Water for All , Arrakis, and others

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include The Village Drill and SHIPO Tube Well Drilling.

Manufacturing/Building Method

The Baptist Drilling Method can be constructed in any arc-welding workshop and plans are open source and accessible online.

Intellectural Property Type

Open-source

User Provision Model

Users can obtain the product from any nearby welders or contractors in their home country

Distributions to Date Status

Unknown

Borehole size (cm)

3.2-15 cm

Maximum well depth (m)

30 m

Drilling speed (m/day)

15 m/day

Materials included

A rope and pulley system with a thick-walled PVC or polypropylene piping drill stem

Expertise and additional materials required

Minimal

Project time (hrs)

Depends on rate of drilling

Design Specifications

The Baptist Drilling Method utilizes a rope and pulley system to jettison a 1.25 inch drill bit into the ground again and again. Similar to sludging style drilling, this technique works to bore the hole with repeated contact into the ground.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support can be found in open-source manual

Replacement Components

All components of the drilling rig will need to be replaced over time with wear and tear

Lifecycle

The lifecycle of this drilling rig depends on how well constructed and maintained the materials are

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The drill is able to drill to a depth of at least 30 m. However, some wells have been drilled to at least 100 m.

Vetted Performance Status

Harvard University

Safety

Safety precautions can be found in this open source manual

Complementary Technical Systems

None

Academic Research and References

Fitzgerald, C., 2007,  Low Cost Manual Well Drilling – Applicability throughout the World. Paper, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39(6), pp. 522

Stocker, J., 2007, The Water For All Baptist Drilling Method [www.waterforallinternational.org/Pages/videos.aspx], film.

Closen, P., 2008, Baptist Well Drilling: motorized, film.

Waller, T., 2009, The “Baptist” Water For All manual/motorized drilling method A update showing some parameters of the “Baptist” drilling method. Concerning depth, hard ground, well clubs etc.

“Baptist Drilling – Rural Water Supply Network.” n.d. Rural-Water-Supply.Net. https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/implementation/manual-drilling/167-baptist-drilling

“Goal 6.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6

Drilling, A. N. Instruction Manual For. n.d. “Simple and Low Cost Manual Water Well Drilling.” Engineeringforchange.Org. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Manual_Well_Drilling_Manual.pdf 

Forsyth, Alison M., Eshwan Ramudu, Helen Louise Hindal, and Dana R. Lazarus. 2010. “A Manual Well Drilling Pilot Project: Implementing the Water for All International Method.” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship 5 (1): 128–47.

Compliance with regulations

Unknown

Evaluation methods

Unknown

Other Information

None

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