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Low Cost Portable Percussion Well Drill And Bailer

EPA Grant Number: SU835526
Title: Low Cost Portable Percussion Well Drill And Bailer
Investigators: Sukumaran, Beena , Davis, Ashley , Mitchell, Christopher , Poole, James , Rycek, James , Sparacio, Jonathan
Current Investigators: Sukumaran, Beena , Baker, Ian , Downey, Pat , Guglielmo, Jessica , Seckinger, Eric , Smith, Brittany
Institution: Rowan University
EPA Project Officer: Levinson, Barbara
Project Period: August 15, 2013 through August 14, 2014
Project Amount: $14,613
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2013)
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Materials & Chemistry , P3 Challenge Area - Water



The proposed project is to develop a low cost and portable well drill and bailer for towns and villages in various parts of the world that do not have easy access to clean drinking water.


The project will be conducted through the curricular framework of Junior/Senior Engineering clinics, where undergraduate students of multiple disciplines work together on a research project. The undergraduate team working on the project includes both mechanical engineers and civil and environmental engineers. The project also falls under the category of projects that are encompassed by Engineering Innovators without Borders (EIWB), an offshoot of EWB, which was started at Rowan University and seeks to establish entrepreneurial opportunities for the developing world through redesign of products or processes that can also improve the quality of life.

Expected Results:

Produce a well drill and bailer, which considers ease of use, portability, functionality, affordability, and reproducibility. The prototype of the well drill and bailer will be versatile so that it can be used for various different site conditions.

Supplemental Keywords:

Water, wells, drinking water, percussion drilling, hand drilling, hybrid drill, bit, bailer, developing country, EWB, EIWB, sustainable, portable;

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report

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