One Man Auger My 1st attempt to get water deeper in the ground was to drill a hole with a one man gas auger and install perforated pipe. Soil characteristics determine the effectiveness of this method. In rocky soil there is increased danger of the auger catching on a rock and causing rotation and possible injury. It is also a tiring operation which could increase danger. This idea has been largely abandoned (See Adams Knoll Black Hole Irrigation on youtube).