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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

A Gamechanger for water access

One Million Wells (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    Our objective is to work our "game changing" plan to furnish water to all 2.2 billion people currently without sufficient clean water. We have a working plan that is possible for an exponentially growing method of furnishing water. To accomplish the plan, we will become the primary training platform for our game changing method of drilling boreholes, also called water wells. Our plan to furnish water is a "self exponentially growing" plan. Our proven method of training is simple. Our trainers train client drillers in the classroom and with field instruction. The plan calls for each student installing 3 complete wells. We require all of our client trainees to train others just as they have been trained. We help those who are trained to drill by furnishing, at no cost, the equipment to drill. We suggest that each of our trained crews train an additional 10 crews within a year for 2 years without our direct interference. We license our patent and name to those who fulfill our training objectives. At this time there is a minimal fee or no fee for those we train and that train others. Our drilling invention won the Patents for Humanity Award for its ability to drill larger diameter boreholes to a greater depth than any other method and to do so at a lower cost. The reason the invention is game changing is because it can drill large diameter boreholes using reverse flow technology. Reverse flow technology is capable of drilling larger diameter boreholes because the flow of the drill fluid is up the drill stem rather than down the drill stem. This makes it possible to drill larger diameter boreholes because the velocity of the drilling fluid is higher than in other methods of drilling. The drill has been tested using both steel and PVC drill stem. The maximum drilling depth using steel drill stem is more than 1000 ft. The drill also uses PVC drill stem, and the maximum depth would be in excess of 200 ft. The drill can be operated manually or mechanically with an engine driven drive. It may be used with human power or engine power. Another reason that the drill is a game changer is that it is exceptionally suited for use in alluvial plains and is ideal for agricultural irrigation. The invention has opened up greater possibilities for expanded drilling programs. For example, the cost of boreholes using the drill is so low that it makes it economically feasible to install injection wells in areas where recharge is currently not in use. The invention is a basic tool that makes possible our plan for "water neighborhoods"  that result in a circular water program. The drill installs irrigation wells for farmers, the excess water is used for drinking. Rainwater and excess farm water is directed to infiltration and detention ponds and then reinjected into the aquifer. This circular path would not be possible without a low-cost method of drilling.

    Expected Impact

    This is a game changing method of drilling for water that has been field proven and tested. The reason it is game changing is because it is different in all respects from other methods of drilling. The One Million Wells method is actually a tool that replaces all other hand drilling methods and most other power-driven methods. That is because the OMW method is actually a method of removing cuttings and not a single method of drilling. The OMW method with PVC drill stem can be used to replace driving, direct circulation, jetting, sludging, auguring and hand digging of water wells. With steel drill stem it can replace percussion, direct circulation and hand as well as engine powered drilling. Why is the OMW method game changing? Because the OMW drilling method is all-inclusive in its drilling methods, it costs less to own and operate than other tools. Our records from the drilling of more than 584 wells indicates that it is possible to drill water wells that can furnish water for the 2.2 billion people in need for as little as 50 cents per person for a completed well, plus the cost of the pump. And that would be for a well that is designed to last 20 years. The OMW drill is the only manual drill that a person would need to drill in any suitable location in the world. The OMW drill does not propose to remove other tools from the market. It has become clear that the existing tools, both mechanical and manual, have not been able to resolve the water shortage problem. The intent of the OMW drill is to supplement the existing tools. Recent papers indicate that in some areas of the world, 60 percent of boreholes have failed. UN documents have recently indicated that by some metrics, there are less than 800 million without water. Using other metrics, there are 2.2 billion people without water of sufficient quality. Using either metric, the OMW drill can resolve the water shortage problem. If the existing drilling tools can just maintain their current progress, and OMW can enter the market, then the odds of resolving the problem are greatly enhanced. The OMW tool is game changing because it is faster and cheaper to use than other tools. Our current record indicates that we are averaging 2.44 days to drill an 8 inch diameter water well less than 100 ft deep. Our records show that between 200 and 400 liters per minute are pumped by our wells. When calculations are made using our spreadsheets, the volume of water that is pumped is sufficient to furnish water for more than 1400 people. Our calculations indicate that the cost per person is less than 50 cents. Our OMW drill can resolve the water problem because it is capable of exponentially increasing its use and its use is the least expensive method of furnishing high quality water.


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    Additional information

    This is to our website:

    A brief video introduction to our game changing plan:!AglCyzMf1rkIgrQhwowhWjs7aYy-GQ?e=kluak0

    This is a short paper that demonstrates the value of the reverse flow method of drilling boreholes / water wells that won the Patents for Humanity Award: Compare Drilling Methods best.docx

    This link,  connects to our online app that will work with a smartphone, laptop or desk computer. The app may be used to calculate the desired rate of well drilling progress, number of drills required, the cost of equipment, labor, and overhead to complete enough water wells for 0 to several billion people. The green boxes are for main input and the yellow boxes are secondary input. The values within the sheet are based upon our actual in field cost and time frame for wells in India.

    This link, is to our online app that may be used to analyze the ”exponential increase formula” to adjust it such that we get the best use of our cost calculation program.  To obtain the desired exponential growth, we will train drilling instructors to alter the values in the three green input boxes. The sheet is based upon our actual in field cost and time frame for wells in India.

    This link is an online app ( ) that is used to document the current number of wells we are drilling thorough out the world. The app works on smart phones, laptops and computers and forwards a sheet to OMW's headquarters where the totals are transferred from the worker's sheet to the master sheet and made available to all that are interested. 

    This link is to our online Reverse Annular Velocity (RAV) calculator. This app works on smartphones, laptops and computers and is invaluable to those in the field or office. The app can give information as to the reverse annular velocity that a particular drill and air compressor setup can provide. By properly matching the RAV to the soil conditions on site it enables the drilling crew to match the RAV to the site conditions. For example, a high RAV is required for rock and clay and a smaller RAV is required for sand and soft soils. This app allows the driller to use the right RAV for each condition. This app is available online to any driller.

    This is an overview video: OAT_OMW- Vid3-OMW Crawford Drill WN Game Changer (2).mp4 - Google Drive

    This paper illuminates the importance of proper groundwater recharge. The paper primarily deals with alluvial materials in deltas near coastlines. We plan to resolve those recharge issues by injecting water from the rivers (see Rivers of the World below) through the use of infiltration and sedimentation ponds.!AglCyzMf1rkIgdBo5wj-yCrkllDijQ?e=pqKQzp

    This is our "Rivers of the World" small online app that allows one to reasonably understand the vast amount of fresh water that is drained into the oceans. It give a representation of what quantities of water could be utilized to refill depleted aquifers, More water is normally stored in alluvial plains than in rivers.

    This is a video of Dr. Rick Shultz drilling with our prototype drill. The drill is using a small 21 hp engine and full hydraulic control with 4 inch drill stem. This is a small version of our Patents for Humanity Award winning drill.!AglCyzMf1rkIgq0daStBkhXCKjXh3w?e=l5CkI2

    This is prototype small drill number 2 drilling on the Texas/Mexico border with an 8 inch diameter drill stem and 14 inch diameter bit. The drill is so efficient that it is powered by a small 8 hp motor. You can see the massive return of drill water and cuttings.!AglCyzMf1rkI2mJ07TxBqeBmTL88?e=DCcZhC

    This is a video of our training in Honduras where we used a core cutting bit to drill 60 feet deep and 8 inches in diameter. We did this with a 5 hp air compressor as a mud pump for our manual drill.!AglCyzMf1rkIgdBo5wj-yCrkllDijQ?e=pqKQzp

    This is a video of a pumping test of a well in India:


    This is a video of drilling with the "Crawford Bar" one of our reverse flow tools:!AglCyzMf1rkIgp8qriccEuUOlGPC2Q?e=NgtSuO.

    This is an old video with the first OMW drill. This method is still frequently used and is the least expensive method for infrequent use.!AglCyzMf1rkI8FGX8JvNO1Lbb0st?e=QdYFoZ

    This is a video of our training crew in India in 2022:!AglCyzMf1rkI8FGX8JvNO1Lbb0st?e=QdYFoZ

    This is a video of an earlier model, with moveable handle:!AglCyzMf1rkI8FETsxZbLQsRDl5H?e=s5i6GM

    This is a link to an online version of how to drill the worlds best wells: HOW TO DRILL THE WORLDS BEST WATER WELL.docx

    We have thousands of videos and photos of completed wells, engine powered drills, manual drills, bits, tools, other innovations and instructions to use equipment and build equipment. The goal of one Million Wells is to assist everyone on earth to acquire drinking water and irrigation water.

    We are a completely transparent NGO. We offer the UN access to any information that they need to help provide water to everyone in the world. We would like to visit the UN in New York and bring our laptop with us and give the UN access to any videos or other information that is needed. Please look deeply at our spreadsheet that outlines the number of wells needed and all other information that is required to furnish water to 2.2 billion people. All of the green cells are editable. If you change the number of people that need water, the spreadsheet automatically recalculates the manpower and materials needed. All of the green boxes are editable.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 17

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Goal 17


    Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

    Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
    Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes


    Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

    Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)


    Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources


    Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources 

    Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP


    Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

    Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services


    Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries


    Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries


    Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism


     Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed


    Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed


    Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies


    Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

    Proportion of individuals using the Internet


    Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation


    Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries


    Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

    Worldwide weighted tariff-average


    Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020


    Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports


    Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access


    Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States


    Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

    Macroeconomic Dashboard


    Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

    Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development


    Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development 

    Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation


    Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


    Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals


    Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 


    Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure


    By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts


    Statistical capacity indicator for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring

    Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

    Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding


    By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

    Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries

    Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

    Name Description

    Seek funding, hire Continental directors, regional directors, national directors, seek suppliers through out the world. We will establish based upon the funding we receive from our supporters. We currently have set up offices in India, Uganda, Guatemala, Honduras, and Malawi. We will set up offices in all nations where we receive financial support. We have already delivered over 601 training water wells throughout the world. In some of those areas, we have not yet set up offices.

    As part of this effort we will set up offices in all countries that have a need for water assistance. We will employ hydrologists and engineers in every country. We will contract with local industry to build both manual and engine powered drills in both regional and local areas. We will approach universities and technical schools to serve as training centers. We will contact all appropriate governmental agencies and co-ordinate with them to make certain all laws are followed with respect to locating and drilling water wells. We will employ proper record keeping methods and personnel. 
    We will pay fair wages to those who are our trainers and educators. 

    We will start training programs in India, Africa, Central America, South America and Asia, complete the first 100 wells that began in March of 2023. We will continue with our work as outlined in the previous description of deliverables. We will complete our movement into those countries where we have already established a foothold. In India, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Brazil, Guatemala, Columbia, and Honduras where we have already established a footprint, we will begin to close deals to manufacture equipment, materials and set up more extensive training programs. We will make solid progress in partnering with local educators, hydrologists and engineers to run our training programs. We will begin to venture into areas where we have recently established partnerships. 


    In our online app we will set up the sheet to match the number of wells that we are funded to install by the instructions on the sheet. It is anticipated that we will not be funded to install a sufficient number of wells to resolve the water problem in the first few years. We will therefor estimate that we will be funded to install less than enough wells to supply water for a population of 50,000 people. We will assume that 50 people will share each well and that 1000 wells will be required. The spreadsheet indicates that such a program will result in a cost of 12.60 dollars per person. The cost would be based upon all the training expense being covered by funding from OMW. That would include the training and funding of equipment for 10 crews of 3 persons each. 

    Alternatively, if we receive sufficient funding we can complete any number of wells in this period of time as outlined by our online app. 

    We assume that we may or may not receive sufficient funding to complete enough wells to supply water for all 2.2 billion people who are without access to clean water. However, if we are funded, we will complete training of enough persons to furnish clean water for all the people of the world. However, the caveat is that we will complete this task by drilling as per our on plan that requires wells that will furnish enough clean water for each well to furnish water for the maximum number of persons that the well will supply according to our online app. That would mean that some people would have access on site and others would have to travel to obtain water. 

    Financing (in USD)
    2.1millon dollars over 7 years.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    We will staff the startup phase with our trained drillers and crews for the first 3 months. We currently have held training sessions that equal a staff of 500 potential trained drillers. We will need to condense that number to actual teachers and trainer
    In-kind contribution
    We will donate our U.S. Patent Rights for our manual drill for the first 3 years, our rights are not international.
    Other, please specify
    Our founder and inventor will donate his time up until all 2.2 billion people have enough water.
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    31 March 2023 (start date)
    31 March 2030 (date of completion)
    One Million Wells
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    Geographical coverage
    Other beneficiaries

    We are a training and educational organization. We have trained over 500 drillers and have drilled over 601 training wells. We have not required partners other than those we list as clients that wish to receive training. We have clients that we train and then they train others without an obligation to One Million Wells. Our invention is applicable globally. Our success depends on acquiring sufficient funding to furnish water to all those that are in need.

    Our number of beneficiaries is directly proportional to the funding we require based upon our estimates shown in our app that accompanies our submission. ( ) One may take the funding that one wishes to supply and keep that in mind while adding into the spreadsheet the number of persons to benefit and the expected number of persons using each well. For example, if we enter 100,000 people in green box 1 and 150 persons sharing each well in green box 2 and 150 as the number of wells each crew can drill a year. Then in green box 4, we enter 1 year with the overhead in green box 5 (per well) we will have an answer for the example. The cost per person will be 4.04 USD and 404,444 USD of total cost. The per well cost will be 606.67 USD.  We also can see that there will be 667 wells required and only 4 drilling rigs and crews.
    One can enter hundreds of millions of beneficiaries or billions of beneficiaries in the web based form.
    Therefore, our method of drilling is global in scale and all it requires is funding. The number of beneficiaries is directly related to the funding and therefore unlimited.

    Contact Information

    Russell Crawford, Mr.