Ruden Water

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Hydrogeology and deep groundwater

Water for all

Ruden has over 40 years of experience with hydrogeology, both from projects in Norway and worldwide. Its roots lie in humanitarian water projects in Africa and other places in the world. Finding water for the poorest has been the driver for many years, for which Fridtjov Ruden has drilled more than 1000 water wells. A task that has shown its difficulties many times for Fridtjov, but for him the satisfaction to help where the challenges are greatest cannot be measured in money.

Ruden Water is operating with the same mindset. Currently they explore for deep groundwater in Somalia, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Based on interpretation of oil and gas data, combined with traditional hydrogeological data, they are able to look way deeper than traditional water projects do. This concept, the Search Model, is proven in Tanzania, where the discovered Kimbiji aquifer holds enough fresh water to supply 2 million people in Dar Es Salaam.

The Search Model is developing further with the aim to institutionalize this concept and to be able to apply it in many more countries along passive margins in the whole world.

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Ruden Water in the news


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3000 water industry representatives and experts meet at the biggest water congress in Africa

In February 2020, Ruden Water was participating at the 20th African Water Association international congress - AfWA, in Kampala, Uganda, presenting "Bridging oil and water sectors: Search Model for deep aquifers along passive margins".

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‘I’ve never seen such clean water’ - Fridtjof Ruden. Finansavisen (07-02-2020)

Ruden Water was featured in the Norwegian newspaper Finansavisen, in an article describing investors in Norway that find ways to make money with water.

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Strengthening the collaboration with Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM).

During the 3rd week of January, a delegation from Ruden Water paid a visit to Nairobi in Kenya. Here, Ruden met with SWALIM (Somalia Water and Land Information Management) to discuss the deep groundwater project in Somalia, share information and decide on collaboration between the two parties on the project. Ruden also visited the Norwegian Embassy, the project holder, to discuss the project progress.


‘NATO’s bombing of Libya’s oil infrastructure destroyed the world’s largest groundwater reserves on land.'

Fridtjov Ruden was featured in the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen, Discussing the devastating effects of NATO's bombing on the groundwater reserves in Libya.


How 40 year old information from the oil industry secured water for 2 million people

More than 40 years ago, seismic profiles were shot in connection with oil exploration along the coast of Tanzania, partly funded by Norwegian assistance programs. No oil was discovered at that time, and the information was shelved. 40 years later we discovered the structures that made it possible to recommend drilling for water.