How safe is it to drink borehole water in South Africa?

Groundwater coming from non-polluted locations is safe for domestic usage - to consume, prepare food, do laundry, take a bath and water your garden. But how can we be sure that the chemical, microbes and physical properties of the water are suitable for everyday usage?

Human actions can result in groundwater pollution. Hazardous materials from dumps and landfills, septic tanks, agricultural practices, uncontrolled surface spillage and acid rain can migrate deep into the soil and penetrate the groundwater aquifers. In case the aquifers are permeable, the damaging compounds can travel extended distances polluting the groundwater on the way. It is crucial to take into consideration all possible causes of pollution when picking out the best spot to drill a borehole.

All spring and the majority bottled water come from the ground, even though both spring and bottled water resources pump water from boreholes. 64% of South Africans live on groundwater. If you intend to drink from this water source, it is always advisable to have it evaluated at a water lab to make 100% satisfied that it is fit for ingestion. That is to make sure that the water you consume would cause no threat to your health.

Borehole water quality assessment

Nearly all water needs some treatment before usage, occasionally even water from deep wells or springs. The degree of treatment is determined by the quality of the water. A basic SANS-241 test will verify if the water is drinkable or not.

When testing the water quality of a borehole let the water run for 10 minutes allowing stagnant water to be eliminated. Keep the sample cool and clear of direct sunlight and refrigerate if you can. Deliver to the laboratory right away. Request a thorough Drinking Water Analysis with Microbiological.

Should I have a filtration system installed?

With the decreasing infrastructure in our water treatment plants, clean drinking water is starting to become extremely challenging to guarantee. A water purification system for your borehole will provide you with the peace of mind you need for you and your loved ones. Filtration systems sterilise and remove pollutants from your water source. They tackle issues including corrosiveness, hardness, chemical toxins and natural contaminants.

Making your borehole water safe and clean pays for filtration in comparison to municipal supply in a short period, and offers guaranteed water supply. In case the water source contains dangerous bacteria like E.coli, these can be removed by Ultra Violet treatment or chlorine dosing.

For more information about installing a borehole on your property, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes today!

Roelf Burger - Managing Director


Cell: 079 490 2314 | 072 792 8026
Email: info@enviroboreholes.co.za

Physical Address
Plot 11, Randfontein–South, Randfontein, Gauteng, 1759


Postal Address
P.O Box 2633, Kocksvlei, Randfontein, 1760

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