Richard and Terri are co-owners of Pumps of Oklahoma, a wholesaler distributor and manufacturer of water well drilling, pumping and water treatment equipment.
In 2005, Richard had an opportunity to travel to China and use his corporate expertise to bring clean water to the people of a remote community using a solar pump. This experience gave him a heart for learning more about the world water crisis, and finding how he could be part of the solution.
Richard and Terri founded Water4 in 2008 with the mission of eradicating the world water crisis.
In their work in the developing world, the Greenlys became aware of the difficulty of taking sophisticated machinery into remote, rural areas to drill one well for a village. They began researching alternate solutions, and after much searching, Richard reached out to an old friend, Steve Stewart, to discuss the possibility of designing something entirely new.
In 2006, Steve underwent a back surgery to finally fix a degenerative disc he had been suffering from for the majority of his life. However, the surgery he had been dreaming of for living a pain-free life soon became a nightmare as what was intended to be a 12-15 day recovery turned into an 18 month struggle to regain health.
When he was finally on the road to healing, he determined that he would live the rest of his life working toward something with purpose.
His purpose found him in the form of a phone call from his old friend, Richard Greenly.
In order to discover a hand pump and drilling technique that would be appropriate technology for the regions where Water4 worked, Steve went back in time and rebuilt ancient water-raising devices with modern day material. This process of discovery inspired the invention of the Access 1.2 Hand Pump and a unique manual drilling method which, together, have become the Water4 system.