Auckland Technical Meetings

Please join us for the next Technical Meeting of the New Zealand National Chapter of IAH in Auckland. José Cerván from Beca Ltd will be presenting on “Hydrogeology applied to development. Manual Borehole Drilling as an Affordable Solution for Drinking Water Access” 

When: Tuesday 27th February 2024 starting at 5:30 pm for drinks and socialising with the presentation to start around 6:00 pm.

Where: Beca House, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland 1010.

Parking: Please contact Mauricio Tallis if you require parking.

This presentation will be in-person at Beca Auckland and available online via MS Teams.  Click here to join the meeting via the MS Teams option. If you plan to attend the meeting in person, please let Mauricio Taulis know by replying to by 14 February 2024. We look forward to seeing you at this meeting.

About the Presenter: José Cerván

José is a hydrogeologist at Beca Ltd, based in Auckland. He holds a degree in Geological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and an MSc in Water Resources and Environment from the University of Malaga.

Born and raised in the south of Spain, after graduating in 2014 José has worked in the environmental field, development cooperation and engineering in the USA, Mali, Colombia, and Spain, before moving to New Zealand.


Water access remains a challenge in rural areas of low-income countries. Manual well-drilling methods offer a viable solution for improving water accessibility, serving as a cost-effective alternative to traditional methods and catering to the needs of communities in low and middle-income countries. Manual boreholes are found to be a competitive solution in relatively soft rocks, such as unconsolidated sediments and weathered materials, as well as in hydrogeological settings characterised by moderately shallow water tables.

For more than 6 years, the NGO Geologists Without Borders, in conjunction with the Faculty of Geological Sciences at UCM in Madrid, worked on adapting and developing manual drilling systems to the geological and climatic context of West Africa.

In this presentation, José will explain the first steps of this project based on his personal experience after living and working in rural Mali for two years.