We are missionaries. Most of our customers are missionaries.
We understand how hard it is to get things done in the third world.
We also understand what it means to work with limited resources.
That is why we have adopted a philosophy of "de-engineering" and
sharing of information here at Hydromissions. We do not patent
or copyright any of our products - that would defeat our purpose.
You should be able to look at any of our products and say, "I could
make that." Go for it. However, we believe that you will
find that we make the products better and less expensive than most
people could at home.
Our products are unique because they are designed to be reproduced or repaired in whatever country you serve. There are no complicated engines or costly parts to break down, and the local people can easily learn to use and maintain the equipment themselves. In addition, our products are designed to be extremely portable, allowing you to expand your water ministry into new areas that would be difficult to reach by other methods.(top)
We are making purchasing Hydromissions tools even easier by partnering with EDGE Outreach in Louisville, Kentucky. EDGE is great group of folks that can help you with your questions and get you the tools you need. Give them a call!
TO ORDER, CALL 502-568-6342
"Explorer" Hand Drilling System™ is one of the most versatile
hand drilling systems in production. We have partnered with
Inc., a world leader in soil sampling equipment, to manufacture this system exclusively for
Hydromissions®. The "Explorer"
system builds on field-proven designs that have
been used around the world to drill water wells by hand without bulky
engines, mud pumps, or costly machinery. The various components can be
repaired or replaced using parts that are accessible in most third-world
countries**. Hydromissions International has
engineered the system to be a "go
anywhere" tool that fits within the check-in limits for baggage
on most airlines***, and the entire drill can be backpacked to just about any location without
having to worry about vehicle accessibility or special transportation
requirements. If you are already using powered equipment, the "Explorer"
system can be used in conjunction with your current system as an exploratory tool to
cut down on time and logistics costs. We can even provide custom
order bits (different diameters, etc) made to your specifications. If you have technical
questions specifically related to well drilling, please
click here to view our FAQs page.
Welcome to the cutting edge of low-technology!
Hydromissions BB-01 "Bailer Bucket"
is about as low-tech as you can get. It is basically
the classic idea of lowering a bucket down a well, but modernized
for smaller diameter (4 inch/100mm) tube wells. We sell the
as a simple kit that packs into an ultra-small (4 inch x 4 inch
x 6 inch) box, weighing a mere 21 ounces. The real beauty of
it is that, once in the field, all you need to buy is a short (3
ft/1 meter) piece of 3 inch diameter PVC and a rope. And if
you want to get fancy with a crank and pulley system (windlass), we have
designed an excellent one using any junker bicycle that you happen
find lying around (see detailed instructions in the
section). This system can make a MAJOR difference in remote
villages due to its simplicity, extremely low cost, and local
sustainability. In addition, the
BB-01 "Bailer Bucket" allows
you to get water out of a well even when the water level is too
little to get out with a pump (if you've ever sucked a well "dry",
you know what we mean).
"Slap Shot" Universal Deep Well Pump Cylinder
a great innovation in rural well-pump technology.
Collaborating with several missionary designers to bring the
blueprints to reality, the
is a lift pump that easily converts to a positive force pump, which means that it can apply pressure to pump water uphill
for storage or over
distances for irrigation - a significant advantage over a lift
pump only design. Another huge advantage is that both valves are
accessible without having to remove the riser main for repairs (and
there is no extra fishing tool to get lost - it is built into the
is light weight, inexpensive, and uses off-the-shelf parts, allowing the locals to build and maintain their own pumps.
Afridev and India Mark II deep well pumps: For those of you looking for Afridev or India Mark hand pumps, please understand that although these are excellent pumps, they can be quite expensive - and ALL pumps fail over time (usually after 6-12 months - that's just the reality of mechanical devices). If you still want to buy an Afridev or India pump, be sure to buy those that are manufactured locally (they are public domain designs, and if you go to our "Countries" page, we try to list in-country manufacturers when we find them. Even so, understand that most villages and individuals will not have the access or the income to purchase replacement parts for such pumps - this is why Hydromissions® does not manufacture these pumps (if the locals can't sustain them for themselves, then we don't use them in the field). If you still feel you should go the Afridev or India Mark II route, and you have the infrastructure to import and sustain them, then we suggest the following manufacturers: http://www.mahabirindustries.com/le/lemon_includes/products.html, http://www.ajaycorp.com/hand-pump.html, and http://www.meera-ceiko.com/product.htm.
Hydromissions SPADE ™(Solar Pasteurization Detector)
is designed to be used to create multi-user "pasteurization
stations" in small villages.
It has been known for quite sometime (especially in the dairy industry) that many liquids do not have to be
boiled in order to kill harmful bacteria. Instead,
organisms in water may be killed by exposure to lower levels of heat in
a process called pasteurization. Water
that has been heated to 65ºC (150ºF) for a short period of time is
free from microbes including Escherichia coli,
Rotaviruses, Giardia and the Hepatitis
A virus. At around 70ºC (160ºF), milk and other foods are
pasteurized. The SPADE is a simple, re-usable device that
indicates when adequate temperatures for water
pasteurization have been reached.
The recommended model is to collect used water bottles, drill a 1/4-inch hole in each cap, and attach one SPADE to the inside of each cap with the wax at the top. Construct a simple A-frame of corrugated tin, painted black, and placed in full sun. Fill each bottle with water, attach cap, and place bottle in the grooves of the A-frame. When the water reaches the desired temperature, the wax melts and runs to the bottom of the SPADE capsule. Simply reverse the capsule to repeat the process.(top)
S.W.I.M. ™(Safe Water International Ministries)
CPU (Chlorine Producing Unit)
capable of producing an almost endless supply of chlorine
disinfectant from simple table salt. Basically, the unit is a
funnel with a special, electrically charged membrane (the charge is
via a car or motorcycle battery,
or via a small solar panel). A mixture of salt water is poured
through it, and the charge separates the salt (NaCl) into chlorine (Cl)
and a mixed, non-toxic byproduct. The concentrated chlorine is
then added to drinking water as a disinfectant.
Another approach is to
add household bleach. For a rough guideline,
click here for
a chlorination chart.
We develop low, old, and often abandoned technologies
and put them into a
packaged form so you don't have to waste time and resources tinkering in
the field. However, if you are the tinkering type, we have
included the following plans for you to use. Click, print, have fun.
Be sure to check out the Hydromissions YouTube Channel where you will find lots of instructional videos to get you started. CLICK HERE.
Lots of people ask us how they can learn Hydromissions techniques, and how they can come with us on a water project. Third world water technology is much more than just drilling or filtration - you really have to be able to think on your feet and make do with very limited and unpredictable resources. Rather than reinventing the wheel to develop our own training program, we've chosen to refer you to others who specialize in training. To find out when, where, and how much, click on the logo links below and tell them "Hydromissions sent you". (top)