One Million Wells

Access to clean water is a worldwide problem that can only be solve through teaching people how to reach the water that is often just meters beneath their feet.  Our organization is dedicated to putting knowledge and technology into the hands of the people of the world so that they may solve their water access problems forever.








We are deploying our disruptive water well drilling technology worldwide to help solve the global water access crisis through innovation, education and implementation.  Our patented technology reduces the cost of drilling boreholes for drinking water and agricultural irrigation to a fraction of the previous cost, while reducing failure rates. Our system can be built with locally sourced materials and with minimal tools.  We're leading a revolution to make it safe and affordable for people to access water so that they may focus on developing their countries into prosperous nations.



Our organization fosters scientific innovation and creative approaches to simplify the process of drilling worldwide for clean and abundant water. Through innovations of our own, we have made our revolutionary techniques and manufacturing process easy to teach and learn as we focus on empowering those we help with the knowledge and skills to better their lives.


We believe in thinking outside of the box. How can we improve and simplify the needs of the world to ensure the efforts we make have the most lasting effect? That takes imagination. The core of our nature is curiosity and creativity and we dedicate ourselves to using these values to better the lives of millions through imaginative approaches to solving the problems we face.


As the saying goes, "if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life." Nothing could be more true or more to the core of our thinking. Problems as complex as the global water access crisis cannot be solved with temporary fixes. We focus on solutions that are within reach of the majority of the world's people and teach techniques they can learn and implement within the resources closely available. Putting the knowledge and power into the hands of the people, so that they may gain control of their lives, drives our thinking. We aim for a snowball effect; we teach them, they teach others, who in turn teach others.


We're putting our patented technology to work, worldwide. We believe in teaching our low-cost drilling techniques on site in the most needy areas and for the most needy people. Hands on experience with our team is the fastest way for people to learn how easy and revolutionary our system can be. We are a "boots on the ground" organization and we believe in tangible results you can see. There's no smoke and mirrors with us as each dollar donated goes to drilling agricultural and drinking water wells, the further development of our additional technology and to teaching proper well development and maintenance. We practice what we teach.


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Sam Crawford

founder & president

With 25 years of worldwide production experience as owner of a successful commercial film production enterprise and globally awarded filmmaker, Sam has vast experience in project management worldwide. As a science and art aficionado and marketing/advertising professional, Sam brings a wealth of experience and passion to our organization as he leads the team in the global push to use our technology to solve much of the world's water access crisis. Sam's mission to tell our story to the world, show what we can do and how it affects the lives of the people we help, is paramount to his vision of One Million Wells.

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R.C. Crawford

founder & chief operations oficer

With over 40 years of drilling experience, all over the world, R.C. Crawford has focused his engineering innovation and knowledge toward his groundbreaking inventions. His goal, to drill one million wells in his lifetime, is the inspiration for our organization and it's his technology and inventions that will allow us to do just that. R.C. is driven and never backs away from a challenge. He is a man of big dreams with a deep drive, and his understanding of science and physics combine with his mechanical skills to make him a force that the problems of the world will find a worthy adversary.

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John Crawford, PE

chief technical officer

John Crawford brings to One Million Wells 27 years of Civil Engineering expertise, soils and drilling expertise and just as much passion for helping the needy as one could ever imagine. A true people person, John defies the stereotypes of his profession, and with his keen problem solving nature he is the perfect person to oversee our organization's mechanical and engineering teams.  We're lucky to have such a good person behind us who shares our vision of ending human suffering, educating and enabling development for the needy worldwide.


Q: How is your approach different?

While most organizations truck in extremely expensive systems to drill single wells for vast communities, our organization was founded on the principals of reducing size, cost and learning curve to bring the price point down and to provide communities with the resources to build and operate their own drilling systems.  This is a revolutionary water access solution and is making possible what has previously been impossible. More wells can be drilled for the same cost.

Q: What makes you better?

Unlike most drilling systems used today, our system used reverse flow airlift drilling, the cleanest and safest method of drilling, to protect aquifers and reduce the risks of well failure. Our approach uses high strength PVC that can literally float in water to make a super lightweight system that can be operated entirely by hand.  Our system is so light it can be dropped in by parachute, trucked in by pickup, carried in the back of a cattle cart or even hauled in by bicycle.

Q: What about cost?

By using super inexpensive materials, reducing moving parts and simplifying the construction of the systems, we have exponentially dropped the cost to under $2,000 for a complete manually powered drilling system.  An entire community can use the same rig to drill dozens of wells reducing the cost per well to mere dollars, making a meaningful impact.

Q: Is it really that easy?

It is very easy. We can teach anyone to build and operate our system in one day. A well can be drilled in a single afternoon in favorable materials. But our solution involves longer education incorporating geology and hydrology to allow the people to form viable coops and businesses and continue the work.  We are not there just to drill and leave.

Q: How are you changing lives?

Our plan takes permanence as a primary objective. We want the people to learn the system and the process and use it to help others. If you put the knowledge and power into the hands of the people you have democratized the process and changed lives forever. The people of the world need the tools and understanding to help themselves.

Q: What else are you doing?

We have other technologies in development that will increase the effectiveness of our system in a wider range of geological areas. We have a hydraulically powered option that is useful in parts of the world where labor is more expensive. Also, part of our mission is to teach proper well development and maintenance to ensure that the boreholes people dig will last with reduced chance of failure.


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