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Spring 2008 Update

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

In 2008, three wells were completed in the villages of Saboneta, Tanhoc, and La Canoa.

Completing the well at Saboneta was particularly satisfying since a previous attempt in 2007 resulted in a dry hole at over 500 feet deep. However, after working with the local government to obtain aerial photos and consulting a hydro geologist, Chuck Gruenenfelder, from Spokane, Washington we were able to choose a different site which resulted in water at 250 feet. Bob Perry of Utah was the driller and Ernie Parkins also of Utah along with Dave Klomp of California assisted in completing this well. (more…)

Spring 2007 Update

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

This year marked the completion of a major project at the Orphanage and school campus of International children’s Care in Poptun, Guatemala. This was made possible through the generous donation of a set of steel forms by Mt Baker Silo Company of Bellingham Washington. The kind folks at Mt Baker gave us the forms and just as important, allowed our volunteers to watch and learn as they used the techniques on construction projects here in Washington. This gave our crew first-hand experience with the planning and construction of these water storage reservoirs.

These are not simple structures. They are twenty feet in diameter and twenty feet high. Each contains 10,000 lbs of (more…)

Winter 2006 Update

Monday, January 8th, 2007

On December 7, 2005, a container was loaded at the Bartholomew’s yard and headed to Poptun, Guatemala. It contained a well service truck, steel forms for a concrete water reservoir, generators, spare drilling tools, a spool of cable and other equipment; 40,000 lbs in all!

The container’s journey was long and difficult. It went by truck to Seattle, then by rail to Long Beach, then by a ship of the Maersk line to Guatemala and then by truck again to Poptun. The transit was to take about 3 weeks. The container was not delivered until January 17th due to “problems” with paper work; issues between the main office of the shipping company and the Guatemala office. After days of negotiation, faxes back and forth and the payment of some “adjustments”, the container was released. (more…)

Fall 2006 Update

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

At the date of this writing in early December 2006, the pace of preparations at the Bartholomew shop and yard is hectic. The new rig is being prepared. Tool boxes are being built and steel covers on all tanks and tool boxes and compartments. The propane engine on this rig makes it very useful as propane is easily obtained in Guatemala and a cover has been fashioned to prevent theft of propane. The brakes were checked and repaired by our mechanic Frank Clark, and all changeable fuels and lubricants were changed.

At the same time a container is being filled with drilling steel tools, pump wire, pumps and electric equipment and boxes and boxes of items destined for the orphanage campus.

A special friend of the project, Mr. Willis Robinson of Spangle Washington, has offered to transport the high-cube container from Spokane to Galveston for the cost of fuel. This kind assistance allows us to stretch our dollars and makes the project possible. Another friend, Tom Richardson of H2o Drilling in Hayden Idaho, delivered his contribution. A brand new, in the box, Lincoln Welder! This generous gift completes the tools on the rig and will give many years of good service.

Two weeks ago, I was in Guatemala and visited with the Mayor of Poptun. He reported that our well in Ixobel had been tested by the authorities in Guatemala City and found to be capable of producing 300 gals/min. He was very happy. He intends to hook it to the plumbing infrastructure that is being installed in the Sante Fe and Ixobel area. I spoke with him about whether he could help us get the rig and the container into the country without paying duty. He promised his help and said that he would take the documents to his contact with the secretary of the President. He said that it would be possible to get them in to the country without paying duty. I also told the mayor that we plan to begin two wells in January.

We look forward to a good drilling season with several volunteers who learned about this project through this publication.

Summer 2006 Update

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Preparations are underway at the Bartholomew yard for the drilling season in Guatemala. The new to us but used rig is being readied for shipment. A large tool box is being built to go behind the cab of the truck. It looks like a sleeper on an 18 wheeler, but it is very necessary for security. The rig is being checked from top to bottom and repaired as necessary. We are collecting tools and equipment for shipment in the container that will accompany the rig to Guatemala. (more…)

Winter 2005 Project Updates

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

The yard and the shop at the Bartholowmew’s in Spokane during November and December was a busy place. The stockpile of items to be shipped was growing. Each item shipped has to be labeled, inventoried, and weighed. The gas tanks have to be drained on all motors. The tool stems were checked and thread protectors fashioned. As the pile grew, weight became a primary consideration because shipping container capacity was limited to 44,000 pounds. Some decisions on what to take could not be made till the last moment.

Finally the container arrived and on one long cold day was loaded with (more…)