Is there a limit to water usage from domestic boreholes in South Africa?

Domestic borehole water usage can be divided into two categories: Schedule 1 water use and General Authorisation water use. Here's what you need to know about both.

If you are considering becoming self-sufficient, have a look at the considerations below to find out if you too could benefit from installing a borehole on your property.

Schedule 1 water use

When using borehole water for domestic (household) purposes, there's no need to register your water usage. Domestic usage includes garden irrigation - not for commercial gardens - as well as providing water for animals, given that you aren't supplying a feedlot.

As per the National Water Act, there isn't a maximum set for the amount of water usage when it comes to domestic purposes. However, a water catchment management agency is appointed in each area which might specify a usage limit so be sure to contact the agency in your area to check if there are any limits to water usage.

General Authorisation water use

With regards to general authorisation water usage, it depends on the area which the property is located in, as well as the size of the property. The usage amount is measured in cubic metres per annum. As long as your water usage isn't excessive, doesn't have an adverse effect on the water resource or your neighbour's water usage, and doesn't affect the health and safety of the public, you're good to go.

Under the General Authorisation category, you'll only need to register your water usage if you use more than ten cubic metres per day or if you store up to 10 000 cubic metres of water on your property. This should be done at the Dept. of Water Affairs and Forestry.

If you would like additional information on installing a domestic borehole on your property or getting an existing one to work, get in contact with the professionals. They will also be able to supply you with all the legal requirements before starting to drill. Get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today for a free assessment and quotation.

Roelf Burger - Managing Director


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