Terracon to donate drill rig for clean water efforts

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Terracon, a national engineering and consulting firm, is donating drilling equipment to provide clean water to Honduras and other developing nations.

The donation was made on behalf of the Missouri University of Science and Technology and its chapter of Engineers Without Borders. It includes a CME 75 drill rig and a Ford F-700 Carrier, equipment that will help to dig deeper into clean aquifers, providing developing populations with clean water.

Getting clean water is the big issue for developing nations, said Dan Israel, executive vice president at Terracon. The company is hopeful the drill rig — which Primero Agua will maintain and operate — will help develop clean water sources and make it easier to help people.

"As their population grows, these developing countries really struggle with having access to ... water they need," Israel said. "It is important because they don't have the chemicals or any other way to clean the water.

Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities to help improve their quality of life. The organization implements sustainable engineering project and trains internationally responsible engineers.

The drill rig will be presented to Primero Agua on Friday at 10 a.m. at Terracon’s Columbia Office, 6301 Mojave Court. There will be a small ceremony with representatives from Terracon, Primero Agua and Engineers Without Borders, Israel said.

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