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Human-Powered Drills Bring Hope to the Thirsty Worldwide

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Jul 27, 2011 • References: news.byu.edu and treehugger
After visiting impoverished and displaced communities in Arusha, Tanzania, engineering students of Brigham Young University set out to build a cheap, easy-to-install human-powered drill.

Normally, including drill transportation and repairs, it can cost a Tanzanian community over $15,000 to build a well -- money they don't have. The human-powered drill developed by BYU students, however, is incredibly cheap and is capable of drilling 150-200 feet in a couple of days! Having tested the drill throughout Tanzania in different terrains, the BYU drill is ready to be produced for real-world use.

Officials at Brigham Young University explain that the human-powered drill is the result of a year-long student project, which involves tackling real, practical problems in the world. If it's any consolation for all their hard work, these students may have saved, and made easier, the lives of many people.