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Lifewater Drilling Technology is recognized for the LDT 360 Cable Tool Drill Rig
The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Water Partnership celebrated World Water Day by displaying 28 American-developed water technologies designed to address global water challenges in developing countries. These technologies were part of the USTech H2.0 event held March 21 in Washington, D.C. One of the innovations selected was the LDT 360 cable tool drill rig offered by Lifewater Drilling Technology of San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The drill was recognized for its percussion drill design, which combines the attributes of a cable tool rig with a modern day hydraulic drive system. The drill costs an estimated one-tenth of a conventional rotary drill and requires less fuel per well drilled. It also eliminates the need for commonly used mud and air compressors.
Due to the drill's compact size and design, it can be attached to a pickup truck and moved from job to job, a task that can require as many as five vehicles when transporting a rotary drill. The size simplifies the logistic capabilities for the operator as well, resulting in a machine that requires only one person with minimal experience to operate.
“We specifically designed the rig to meet challenges found in developing countries, so cost savings is obviously a big factor. From transportation to operation and maintenance, our No. 1 goal has always been to make drilling wells for water affordable,” said Robert Hather, president of Lifewater Drilling Technology.
The drill has been rigorously tested by individuals with no previous drilling experience. On average, new operators with basic mechanical skills can learn to work the drill after one day of training, eliminating the need for highly trained individuals. The rig was specifically designed using parts that are commonly available in every part of the world, making maintenance affordable as well.
Other water technologies showcased at the event included water treatment, purification, pumping, monitoring, testing, energy and nutrient recovery, and water plant design. Technologies were on display as part of an interactive exhibit and presentation for the 200 attendees.