Brandon Stone was overseeing everything - tugging at ropes, inspecting bags of gravel, speaking to his drillers, moving equipment, and pushing aside bushes that were in his way.
Even though he was spattered in mud, he still managed to keep a big grin on his face.
Holly standing on the drill
It’s a “field drill” day for the HydroLOGICA Company, a new well-drilling, and servicing company in Nicaragua. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Stone at the Gran Pacifica Resort, where he had just purchased a home lot.
What the Stone Family Loves about Gran Pacifica
Brandon, along with his wife and three kids, enjoys the beach, surfing, and many more of the amenities at Gran Pacifica. They’ve visited the community several times now. Stone says, “We love Gran Pacifica! It’s close to Managua, which is where our kids go to school. The surf is incredible, and the vibe is laid back. We just bought a home site lot and are hoping to build soon. We want to split our time between Managua when we have to be there for school, and the beach the rest of the time.”
Stone and his family have lived and worked in Haiti and Mexico, and he’s also worked in Zambia, Kenya, and Honduras. He originally came to Nicaragua to drill wells and water systems for different non-profit organizations. I asked him more on that subject, and he said, “I worked for non-profits for seven years. I was always looking for a quality-drilling contractor that could drill in hard places, but could never seem to find one. We drilled but always had small rigs since that’s all we could afford. And we, as a non-profit, could never justify the millions of dollars needed for the equipment to work in hard places. So, we set out to establish the company we couldn’t find.”
As a company, HydroLOGICA is brand new. It was established in 2017, and they drilled their first wells in 2018.
Brandon Stone and children
“Over the last five years, we have seen Nicaragua develop tremendously. A lot of work in critical infrastructure has been made including roads, electricity, and water,” Stone says.
Drilling in Nicaragua
Stone added, “Drilling in Nicaragua takes a good sense of humor and a ton of patience. Learning cultural nuances is always funny. In drilling just one well, I learned that you could take out a tree stump with an ax in about 10 minutes. Raul, one of their workers, is incredible. I should call some major big league scouts and tell them that if this guy can swing a bat like he swings an ax, he’d be a big leaguer for sure. I’m always amazed at what a strong Nicaraguan can do in situations where we use machines in the U.S."
Preparing the drill
As I visited Stone on a “drill day,” he showed me soil samples that he is sharing with a U.S. Geologist in North Carolina and also showed me his new equipment. Oil and Gas Industry investors out of Houston back HydroLOGICA, so their customers can have a borehole drilled to verifiable international standards.
The company uses Google Map software and proprietary GIS mapping to help map and locate the best places to find water and to gauge how much water an area is going to get. HydroLOGICA is a socially responsible company that gives preferential pricing to those who are developing first-time water access to communities. They provide training to others and believe in sharing their knowledge to help solve the global water crisis. ECI Development also believes in being socially responsible and sustainable. Check out our blog post on The Importance of Going Green.
Stone says it was a bit hard to leave family and friends, but they all enjoy living in Nicaragua. “As a family we love it here. We have three small children, 5 years old and under, so it’s not without its challenges. But there is no “keeping up with the Joneses”, and I don’t have to worry about my kids wanting video games that their friends have. We can find good healthy food, and there are miles of beaches and mountains to enjoy. Life is simple.”
If you’d like to visit Gran Pacifica and see how simple life can be, you can book your reservations here.
For more information about HydroLOGICA, check out their website.
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