Getting the mud rotary through customs took a month but some of the
longer time was expected because of the holidays around Christmas and
New Years. Our volunteer cable driller from Ohio had offered to haul
the rotary from Iowa to the port in Florida but had some heart issues
which postponed the transport. We're hoping he can come drill but he
still doesn't have the Doctor's clearance. Another driller has leukemia
but is in Guatemala. He will be here Tuesday to help with some pump
work then cut the box end off a drill stem and weld on a new box end.
Another driller just had hiatyl hernia surgery and he's hoping he can
still come. The devil has been jabbing us and we appreciate your
We have met our goal of getting the rotary here and determining the best
approach for it's continued work here. An air compressor will be
necessary and a system to drill a larger surface hole to enable us to
install a temporary 6" pvc or steel casing. In 3 of the wells the
drilling fluid came up the hole to usually between 6' and 15' then then
fluid and cuttings went horizontally. We were able to clean the hole
sufficiently to go deeper and not get stuck. The pdc bit is awesome and
really makes hole rapidly in this limestone.
4 of the wells were in very remote villages where the crew sometimes
stayed overnight, 1 well was at a health clinic at the edge of a larger
town, and the last one was in a little barrio with no water source at
the edge of Poptun. The wells were 60' - 140' with plenty of water.
This 8 working days represent 8 weeks of cable tool drilling. We're now
in the process of cleaning the wells by pumping, then we'll set hand
pumps in all except the clinic well which will get a submersible.
We appreciate your support and we're accomplishing things we could not
have otherwise done: The diesel tender truck with 20' flatbed is on
it's way from Tacoma presently. We're able to hire two local men to
learn pumps and drilling. We believe we have 2 Godly men and we are
blessed by that. We are able to replace all 6 tires on the drill one by
one. They didn't look too bad but are so old they're really checked and
weak. The first one blew as we drove through the river going to the
first village. We've put steel shelving in the North storage container
which will prevent those termites from eating our shelving. We've
leveled a spot for another container and it may be here this week. We
purchased some new equipment for producing bushings for the hand pumps
and Larry is doing an excellent job there. We purchased 1,000' of 250
psi, 4" pvc and that's really saved a lot of time and hassle. Usually
we buy 5 or 10 pieces at a time. I know there's more but that's what I
We appreciate you!
Gary, Angie, & WFL