About Us

A Bit About Us

No Project Too Big Or Too Small

BDC is a family business spearheaded and managed by Brian and Betty Barry. The BDC roots go as far back as July 1997 when Brian patented a hand pump to be used in the rural areas of Southern Africa. The dream was always to be a formidable force in the water supply industry both locally and in neighboring countries. From humble beginnings, the dream took the husband and wife team on an exciting journey through the water supply industry which contributed to their wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly within the African context. Today BDC considers itself a leading borehole drilling company that offers turnkey water solutions for all your water requirements. The company settled in the town of Germiston on the East Rand and has operated from the same premises for over 20 years. We service both the domestic and commercial markets in the Gauteng region.

BDC was founded on the blocks of superior knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity. The experience gained over more than 20 years puts the company at an excellent vantage point for advising and designing your domestic or commercial borehole water project. With sound knowledge of the available products and services in the water industry, BDC can provide reliable and trustworthy input into your water project. All decisions made come from a point of honesty and integrity as we believe a sound water supply system can provide years of sustainable and cost-effective service. We consult closely with our clients to design turnkey solutions that best meet your water supply needs. Our design team will assist with the design of your water supply system for gardening, irrigation, and household use.

The predominant feature of the BDC operation is the unique drilling rig. Brian always had the idea that drilling for domestic and commercial boreholes did not require the huge, heavy and cumbersome equipment that was being used for borehole drilling.

With a vast wealth of knowledge gained through years of operating in harsh and unforgiving African conditions, Brian applied his knowledge and re-engineered the drill attachment. From these early designs and redesigns the Armadillo MKI was created, also known as the AK47 due to its persistence and tenacity. As new challenges were encountered, new ideas were formulated and in 2018 the Armadillo MKII was built and still continues to work, every day, without fail. Armadillo MKIII is in the production phase and will be available to be sold to aspiring drilling contractors. The machine is tried and tested and it is ready to be unleashed on the African market and beyond.

BDC brings with it a rich history of experience in the water supply industry. It was established in 1997 under the name of BDC Engineering and Contracting. In the early years of the 1990s and 2000s the main focus of the company was rural water supply. We manufactured our own rural water handpump and installed in rural areas. BRD SA worked hand in hand with well known NGOs like Oxfam, CARE and UNICEF to bring much needed safe, potable water to poverty stricken and inaccessible communities.

Today BDC SA provides water solutions to the domestic and commercial markets. The company brings with it all the experience and expertise from the early days and works within the framework of international standards. In light of the recent water crisis, Blue River Drilling SA strives to bring reliable, safe water to its clients.

How the Armadillo Works

 The Armadillo is compact and can easily access those parts of your property that are inaccessible to the conventional larger rigs. Our drilling process is low impact resulting in less environmental impact and damage to your property. There is no need to take down walls, move trees or disrupt your garden with the equipment we use. We can access just about any part of your property, unlike the traditional heavy-duty rigs that are confined to drilling in your driveway. The success of finding water is that much reduced if one is confined to drilling on the driveway. We bring the water to you at an optimal point that is close to your nearest electrical point and water mains. This reduces the cost of laying meters of cabling and pipe works.

Contact Us

10 Redwing Street, ElsPark, Germiston, 1418

083 446 4226


Client Testimonials

“Wow, you guys really know your stuff! After drilling a successful borehole, the installation was done in the given timeframe. The filtration system works perfectly, and we have nature’s goodness running through our taps!”

– Tim Jordan

“Thank you for a great job done. We are ecstatic with the results. Going off the grid gives us peace of mind that we will never be without water. Should have done this a long time ago.”

– Jenny White

“What a friendly bunch of guys. You answered all our questions, provided expert advice, and put our minds at rest. We were cautious about making such a big investment but now that we have seen the final product, it was well worth it. Thank you for holding our hand throughout the process. It was good to know we were in capable hands. Wishing you all the best!” 

– Samantha Jensen