In softer soils with water levels of 8 meter or less a tube well can also be made with a the Mzuzu drill using a Soil punch and bailer.

Advantages compared to SHIPO drilling

  • Is much cheaper
  • Less tools and skills needed
  • Easier to see the soil coming out

Disadvantages compared SHIPO drilling

  • Can not go as deep
  • More difficult in hard soils less┬ápercussion force


  • With a soil punch and tube bailer , tube well can be made in areas with soft , sandy soils
  • With a bailer on a tube, sand is pumped out and the PVC pipe (screen) goes down.
  • Cost depends on soil type, length of screen and diameter of casing
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