So you've decided to sink a borehole and what a great decision you've made! With the strict water regulations in South Africa lately, it's probably the best thing you can do.

But there's more to installing a borehole than just drilling a tunnel into the ground. There are some other decisions you'll have to make such as will you install a borehole pump and if yes, what type of pump do you need. Another thing to consider is if you'll install a filtration system and this solely depends on the purpose of your borehole.

Do you really need a borehole pump?

What type of pump do I need?

Installing a pump that is too small, can cause the pump to use additional energy to function which then affects water pressure. In addition to that, your pump will need to be replaced much sooner since it won't last as long.

What type of pump do I need?

Installing a pump that is too small, can cause the pump to use additional energy to function which then affects water pressure. In addition to that, your pump will need to be replaced much sooner since it won't last as long.

Some things to consider when selecting a borehole pump:

  • Purpose of borehole - will the water be used for irrigation, domestic usage or to fill up a reserve tank.
  • Flow rate - which means the amount of water to be moved and the pressure needed to get it there
  • Distance the water needs to travel - from under the ground to the top of the borehole, and from the borehole to your tap
  • Refill rate - the water level in your borehole will drop when pumping water and will refill when it rains

Do I need a filtration system?

Groundwater is, for the most part, clean and rich in minerals but sometimes a filtration system is needed to remove high levels of iron from drinking water. A quick test can be done at a water lab to measure the ph balance and iron content of your water and this will give you a good indication of whether you need to install a filter.

If you will only be using your borehole water for irrigation and other non-drinking purposes, a filtration system might not be necessary.

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Roelf Burger - Managing Director


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