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.