The Water Supply Well Guidelines for Use in Developing Countries publication is a multi-year project that was initially distributed at the 2011 UO 2nd International WaTER Conference, where the first edition was enthusiastically received. The project is ongoing. The Third Edition is now available, containing many additions and changes. The Third Edition evolved following record downloads of the previous two editions and from insights provided from the 36th WEDC International Conference in Kenya 2013. The Third Edition is currently available in four languages. Click an image to access a PDF version:

Field-friendly hard copies will be provided free of charge to those working on developing and maintaining groundwater supplies in developing countries (subject to available inventory or reprint). Email the author with your request, including language, number of copies and mailing address.
Please email the author with comments/suggestions for future editions and of any errors observed. All are welcomed, both positive and negative. Email address is on page iii and also at the bottom of the inside back cover of the Third Edition.

NGWA endorses the work: “…the National Ground Water Association congratulates this initiative and looks forward to its continuing evolution to capture best practices in groundwater protection and in water well design, construction, and operation and maintenance.”
Contributions toward the translation, publication and distribution of the Guidelines are needed. Tax deductible contributions can be made through the Ann Campana Judge Foundation. Please identify your donation as being for the Well Guidelines.
A Well Construction Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) by Jaynie Whinnery is also available. The conclusions of this CBA should certainly make any reasonable person to pause and reflect before ever considering taking shortcuts in design or construction that could result in an inferior well. Ms. Whinnery has made the spreadsheet available that she used in support of the CBA. The spreadsheet will re-compute the CBA results with a change to any of the following assumptions: number of wells, number of users per well, construction costs, discount rate, percent of income used for water, local GNI-PPP, or morbidity and mortality values. The formula is also viewable for each cell in the spreadsheet.

A PDF of the second edition is available in SWAHILI.