SHIPO Tube Well Drilling

Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO)

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Solution Overview & Benefits

In many rural areas in Africa, the costs of drilling for water sources can range from $5,000 to $10,000 USD for a village of 250 people (approximately $20-$40 USD per person). This affects the movement of water to villages for irrigation, livestock, drinking water and sanitation.

SHIPO Tube Well Drilling is a manual drilling technique that combines percussion, sludging and jetting. This water point method costs around $1,000 to $1,500 USD for a community of 150 people ($6-$10 USD per person), a 70% decrease in cost as compared to traditional drilling methods.

Drilling tube wells is safer than hand digging, and allows deeper penetration for draught-resistant water access. In addition to its cost-saving benefits, SHIPO Tube Well Drilling improves overall agricultural and food security.

History & Development

In Tanzania alone, over 300 SHIPO Tube wells have been drilled to depths of 45 meters. While this drilling method is much more affordable than traditional methods, upfront costs of $1,000+ per community can still present barriers to access. Therefore, many communities and families take out micro loans as means to increasing their water, food and economic security via tube welling.


Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Tanzania, Malawi
Price range (USD): over 200 USD
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes

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