Bamboo drilling system
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CTA. 1986. Bamboo drilling system. Spore 2. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Japanese engineers have made water flow in Zambia by introducing a traditional bamboo drilling system which dispenses with metal drilling rigs, pumps, fuel oil and electricity. The Japanese team of 13 water experts started their work in a remote...
Japanese engineers have made water flow in Zambia by introducing a traditional bamboo drilling system which dispenses with metal drilling rigs, pumps, fuel oil and electricity. The Japanese team of 13 water experts started their work in a remote Wenela village, in Mongu district, 362 miles west of Lusaka. Their method is called 'Kasuka Bori' and enables the digging of wells as deep as 1,640 feet without the use of anything but human enerav. The team is headed by 64-year-old Seizi Kondo who is highly respected in japan for reviving the traditional Japanese method of digging wells. His intermediate technology project is financed by a Japanese national television station. TV Asahi which donated US$150,000 to enable him and his team to travel to Zambia Using Kondo's technique, one or two men equipped with conventional hand tools can dig a well The only thing needed to dig a 'KazukaBori' well is a length of bamboo which is connected to an iron head, and to a large flywheel made from bamboo and timber. The bamboo drill piece is driven into the ground using only manpower and acts as a conduit once water The well sunk at Wenela now supplies water to the villagers who are ready to teach the techniques which they have mastered to people in other villages. The use of bamboo technology is becoming increasingly popular with Africans. In Tanzania's southern province of Iringa, for example, 494 acres of land have been put under irrigation using bamboo and wood pipes. Bamboo offers Africa the opportunity of 'growing' its own pipes, providing an alternative to expensive Iron pipes. For further information: Earthscan 3, Endsleigh Street LONDON WC1 ODD United Kingdom