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.