Post from Uganda 9 Nov 2015.
I had success today installing the first transducer in a hand pump well on the Family Empowerment Farm near Masindi. We relied on a local borehole technician to take apart the well head assembly. We inserted 50 meters of HDPE tubing as a conduit and bolted it to the well casing. The transducer was then inserted into the tubing to a depth of 31 meters, 15 meters beneath the static water level. There is no electricity so the bolt holes had to be drilled with a small hand drill. That took two hours. There were eight local men helping handle the work. Quite a fire drill at times. Naturally the bolts I had were too short so I had to run to the hardware store. That entailed me hiring a local boda boda driver to take me about 8 kms through the bush to the nearest village. We must have goneto 10 little shops to find a 3 inch bolt. We finally got the project done and water pressure andtemperature data are being collected on 15 min intervals. It will be used to evaluate the sustainability and use of the groundwater resources in rural Uganda as we seek to further provide clean water for impoverished people here. Tomorrow we are off on a 6 hour drive north to Kitgum and attempt to do the same project at wells there. This are is still being resettled following the LRA war.