A question we get asked frequently is “How much will a borehole cost?” Even though this might seem like an uncomplicated question to ask, the answer definitely isn’t. The answer is dependent on various factors.
The cost of a borehole is mostly dependent on its depth, the amount of casing used and the pump specifications. The variety of rock we have to drill through furthermore affects the cost, along with the ground conditions. Although many individuals assume the easiest drilling to be into soft and loose surfaces, the opposite holds true. Keeping the borehole open during the drilling process can be difficult especially if the hole is sinking in on itself as a result of the loose and unstable ground.
How much will a borehole cost?
The main costs you would incur would be from drilling, yield testing as well as equipment used. The Borehole Water Association of South Africa says the average drill cost is around 600 a meter, but this can be as much as R900 per meter depending on the company. Yield testing will set you back somewhere between R2,000 and R5, 000 while the equipment might cost between R20, 000 and R40, 000. The type of stone we have to drill into, the drilling technique plus the terrain conditions also affect the fee. Additional costs might also be required if, for instance, you have to hire a motorized hoist to elevate the hydraulic rig machine into your backyard.
So how will I save money with a borehole?
By tapping into borehole water, you essentially remove your dependency on municipal water. With rising water bills, borehole water is a much cheaper option than mains water, and even though you have the up-front expense of drilling the borehole along with mobilizing a borehole drilling company oftentimes, they may be repaid within a year.
Do I need to register my borehole?
Based on the National Water Act, you do not have to register ground water usage when it is used for household applications only. Borehole water may also be used for outdoor recreation like replenishing a swimming pool and household disasters like putting out a fire.
What if the driller doesn’t find water?
Your arrangement with the driller will be to drill a hole in the earth, with the potential for tapping into a self-sufficient water resource. If appropriate siting methods were adhered to and in the unlikely event the hole was discovered to be ‘dry’, you will be required to pay the service provider for the drilling. Nevertheless, you won't be liable to pay for any materials and equipment that would be used to complete an installation, namely the pump, piping and electrics.
In conclusion, a borehole is a sound investment. Even though the installation can cost anything from R60 000 to R90 000, having a borehole will add substantial value to your property or home, and eventually, it will represent a smart investment. Assuming that the installation was done by industry experts and with due care.