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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Water, Water Everywhere... We Hope!

While people in the United States have been busy looking for ways to portray those with whom they disagree as loony, I've been busy with some friends looking for water in Southern Mexico.

Two weeks ago I arrived in Oaxaca again to put a drill rig we recently purchased to the test. Our task was to drill a well at the demonstration farm we have been working on in Tlacolula, Oaxaca for about two years.

Here's a good picture of our team next to the rig.

[dave miller along with his team, tom, mark, and jay]

We started drilling on a Saturday, and at noon the following Wednesday, we had reached 20 meters. [that's about 66 feet for you metrically challenged folks]

Now if you are like me, you are probably thinking that 20 meters doesn't sound like much. Especially for almost five days work. But on Tuesday afternoon another local well driller came by to what we were doing. He was drilling a well 60 meters deep and he said he was getting about a meter a day. He had been at his well for 50 days and had reached a depth of 50 meters!

Once I heard that I was pretty happy.

The ground where we are drilling is incredibly rocky. At one point Monday, we were measuring progress in inches, not meters. But we just kept at it. At about 16 meters, we hit a small vein of water. It is not enough to sustain our farm, but all signs point to us finding that kind of water at about 30 meters.

[no, they are not resting... they are adding some weight to the drill stem...]

The work is not glamourous. It is dirty, time consuming, and tedious. You start early, and you end late. Or you just keep going. But there is a payoff. Eventually.

For us and my ministry with Adventures in Life, that payoff will be local farmers learning some new ways to increase their crop yields and better manage their water resources. This will lead to more food on the table, a better standard of living, and healthier lives.

In an area where the infant mortality rate is over 10% for all children under five, how can we not look at this as a good investment in God's Kingdom.

And a much better use of our time than bickering over politics, the NFL lockout, and why on earth Scotty is our new American Idol.

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Comments on "Water, Water Everywhere... We Hope!"


Blogger BB-Idaho said ... (12:40 PM) : 

Now you have me wondering how far you will have to drill for a good water source ...at one time
I was involved in an industrial well, where 25 ft further down was much better water (in terms of hardness, mineral content
and flow rate). Good luck!


Blogger Leslie Parsley said ... (12:49 PM) : 

This sounds absolutely gruelling and I imagine it's pretty warm there, eh? You have my respect and admiration. I'm beginning to think that dining with the devil would almost be better than talking politics. ; )


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (1:08 PM) : 

BB, that study is for the ETLA Valley, just north of the city... I've not been able to find similar data for our site in the Mitla/Tlacolula Valley...

The other guy drilling nearby encountered an ocean of water at 30 meters, but his permit will not allow him to access it, as he is commercial and the "surface" water is for small frys like us.

Leslie... just a lot of slow hard work... now if you want to think about dining with us in Oaxaca...

I guarantee you it will not be with the devil, but it will be good...

Here's a link to a trip I am hosting for The Multi Cultural Cooking Network in Oaxaca this coming September.


Blogger Z said ... (4:02 PM) : 

Dave, that's great! My friend Jake founded a group called NURU that tries to find water and help Africans to plant, water, harvest...and they're doing very well; you can find their website.
Good for you for doing this work.
Fun to SEE you in the pic, too!:-)


Blogger Beth said ... (4:52 PM) : 

After 42 of the last 56 days having rain here, I wish we could send it to you down there, Dave.

And, Scotty won because he got the most votes. ;-)


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (5:02 PM) : 

Beth, we'd take that rain... you're are not on target for any hurricanes are you?

The windy type, not the drinking ones...


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (5:03 PM) : 

Thanks Z..........

I'll take a look...


Blogger Doug said ... (5:22 PM) : 

I remember my parents having a well drilled in WVA when I was a kid and it was a lot of work - for everyone else ;-) it seems to me that they had to go more than 100 feet down before hitting good water. Good Luck!


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said ... (7:07 PM) : 

Now that's a Drill, Baby, Drill I can believe in!

Good luck to you and your team, Dave.


Blogger Beth said ... (5:42 AM) : 

The other day, the winds made it look like it looks when you see hurricane pictures, they call it straight winds I guess when it isn't an actual hurricane.

Survival is based on having clean water, so God bless you for your efforts towards that for the people of Oaxaca.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:49 AM) : 

Amen Shaw...

Doug, 100 feet would be grand...

Keep safe Beth...


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Blogger Tim said ... (9:49 AM) : 

Great work Dave, keep being a positive ion and helping people. Ignore this butthole. Haters just drain your energy. It's jerks like this that made me put in comment moderation (well, that and the Japanese and Russian spam linking to porno sites).

Viva Dave! Mucho Macho DAVE!!!


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:24 AM) : 

WOW Tim, was it something I put in my post? naturally the clown signed in as anonymous, because he was afraid to own up to what he was doing.

It has always been the those who would not publicly declare the inner hate that they carry that have done the most damage to people and our country.

I used to get those same spammers, but nothing lately.


Blogger Tim said ... (12:41 PM) : 

If you know how to stop it I would stop comment moderation. I can deal with a few haters, but that porno spam stuff was just relentless! I mean, tons and tons of it every week. Even with a captcha code!


Blogger Doug said ... (4:49 PM) : 


Did you ever find good water supply?


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