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.
Domestic boreholes have become a popular eco-friendly water source solution in recent years and are predicted to keep on growing as drought affects many parts of South Africa.
Boreholes is a great way to access natural groundwater and while installing a borehole might set you back a few thousand rands, there are many long-term advantages in getting your own private water supply straight from the ground. Before you can use it for drinking purposes though, ýou'll need to perform some tests to make sure it's safe for consumption.
Why Test Your Water?
While many people assume groundwater are pure and clean, nearly all water contains bacteria, even when far away from pollution. Since groundwater comes in contact with air and soil, it consists of dissolved minerals, microbes and organic compounds, making it unsafe to ingest.
When contaminant levels are unusually high, your water might smell or taste bad and will negatively affect your health as well as specific household routines such as staining of laundry. But not all harmful contaminants in water are apparent and may not cause health problems for years. Thus, the only way to ensure your water is safe for consumption is to install a borehole water purification system and have it tested on a regular basis.
To be considered safe for drinking, the water quality must comply with private borehole regulations currently in place by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. A simple SANS-241 test can be performed at any lab, and once results are back, Enviro Boreholes can recommend the suitable equipment for treating your borehole water.
Installing a borehole and maintaining borehole water purification systems, are no cheap exercise, and this is not the time to focus on price either. It will cost you more in the long run if you don't use professionals for the job. Contact Enviro Boreholes for all your borehole water purification needs today.
They say the grass is greener on the other side. I say it's greener where you water it. But what if there's a drought and you're faced with water restrictions?
Provinces all over South Africa are facing water shortages and the government is currently implementing water shedding in Cape Town. The problem is life goes on. People need to water their gardens, wash their cars and flush their toilets but how do we do it without a reliable water resource?
One way would be to use water very sparsely and honestly, it's something we should consider even without water shortages. But another solution is to install a borehole.
What is a borehole?
A borehole is a long, narrow well, drilled into the ground, to get access to groundwater. Typically a pump will be installed to easily extract water. You can also install a filter if you wish to purify your water supply for drinking.
How much does a borehole cost?
Depending on the depth of the well, the amount of casing needed, the type of pump installed and whether you require a filtration system, you can expect to pay anything from R60 000 to R90 000.
Do I need to register my borehole?
You don't need to register your borehole if the intended use is for domestic purposes. However, if used for agricultural or commercial purposes, it will need to be registered and metered.
Is it safe to drink the water coming from a borehole?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Did you know that approximately 64% of all South Africans don't have access to running water thus survive on groundwater? All spring water and the majority of bottled water sources get their water from boreholes. If you wish to make sure that your water is drinkable, you can easily do a SANS-241 test at your nearest water lab.
To conclude, installing a borehole might be one of the best solutions available for South Africans since tapping into groundwater reduces municipal consumption. Let's face it, climate change is real and sunny South Africa will only get sunnier and warmer which means, even more, water shortages. So what are you going to do about it? The only thing you can do. Install a borehole!
At Enviro boreholes, we provide borehole drilling, installations and maintenance in Gauteng as well as surrounding provinces. With over 10 years drilling experience in the domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors, you can be sure that we know what we are doing. Contact us today and let us help you make your grass green again.