Many people find an old, non-functioning borehole on their property when moving to a new home and they never know just how lucky they are until faced with drought and water restrictions. The current water situation in South Africa is bleak and getting even worse, especially in Cape Town. With rainy season still a few months away, people are urged to do all they possibly can to save the little water they have at their disposal.
Installing a borehole is classified as a long-term investment and therefore not exactly cheap. Thus, when you are granted with a borehole, even if not in a working condition, you can thank your lucky stars. You are halfway there to having a free water source. The old borehole will have to be assessed to see if it still produces water. After which it would need to be properly cleaned and repaired to develop the borehole yield.
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.
Find a professional to do borehole repairs
It is vital to not try and repair the borehole yourself and risk the water of becoming contaminated. Instead, hire a professional borehole contractor such as Enviro Boreholes to do the borehole repairs for you.
Enviro Boreholes is a leading borehole contractor in their industry with more than 1000 borehole installations under their belt and over 10 years’ experience. Their staff is highly trained and well informed and it comes to no surprise that their service is world class. They take pride in their nearly 100% customer satisfaction.
Offering services such as borehole siting, borehole drilling, yield testing, pump installations and quality testing, they know the business inside out and your borehole repairs will be no challenge to them whatsoever.
If you are one of the lucky ones to have a borehole on your property, why not get in touch with Enviro Boreholes for borehole repairs. Nothing beats having your own water source and never having to pay for water ever again!
Every living thing needs water. There's no way we'll be able to survive without water, and while some of the provinces in South Africa has more water than others, there has never been a better time to become more self-sufficient and install a borehole on your property.
But before you do, there are some things you should know about drilling boreholes.
What can I use borehole water for?
Borehole water can be used for irrigation and domestic use. If you've tested your water and decide to make use of a filter, water can also be used to drink and cook with.
Do I have to register my borehole?
If you'll only be using your water source for domestic purposes, there's no need to register it. In case of use for commercial and agricultural purposes, you would have to register your borehole.
How much does a borehole installation cost?
There are many things to consider with regards to the cost of drilling a borehole such as the depth, filtration and pump and the amount of casing used but a rough estimate would be anything from R60 000 to R90 000.
Where will they install my borehole?
It all depends on the size of your property. And in most cases properties in South Africa are enclosed with walls, making it difficult to even get a rig onto the property. A thorough inspection is done by Enviro Boreholes before quotation stage to provide you with all the information.
What's the lifespan of a borehole?
If you do regular maintenance, you can expect to get 20-30 years out of the major components of your borehole.
Is drilling a borehole a good investment?
While there are costs involved in drilling a borehole, once you're up and running you'll have a secure water source and won't have to tap into municipal water ever again. The average borehole can yield up to 20 000 litres of water per day.
If you need additional information from the experts, why not get in contact with one of the team members at Enviro Boreholes. They have more than ten years experience in drilling boreholes and know everything there is to know about the process. Give them a call today.
It is crucial to service and maintain your borehole and pump frequently to have the best return on investment as well as your own private source of running water year-round. By following these easy steps, you can protect your system and water source.
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.
1. Always use a professional
Whether you are investing in a borehole or maintaining an existing one, it is vital to use an expert in the field. Never attempt to service your own borehole as you will risk contaminating your water source. At Enviro Boreholes, we have ten years’ experience and have drilled over 1000 boreholes in the domestic, commercial and agricultural fields.
2. Don't store or mix chemicals near your borehole
Hazardous chemicals like paint, pesticides and fertilizer can contaminate your water source. A simple spill could quickly leak into the well. Don't ever pour pesticides. Also, make sure you check the borehole cover regularly and be careful when working or mowing around the borehole to avoid damage to the casing.
3. Sanitize your borehole
Anytime repairs are done, your borehole should be sanitized. It's also advised to re-test your water pH-balance to make sure the issue has been fixed.
4. Protect your borehole with a tight-fitting head cap
To protect your borehole, you should ensure it is sealed properly. If not sealed properly with a tight-fitting head cap, it will be easy for undesirables like insects and mice to enter the borehole or holding tank.
Unfortunately, the quality of your water resource can be affected over time, and it is essential to monitor your water quality frequently against bacterial contamination. A simple SANS-241 test should be done at least once per year. It is recommended to seal abandoned boreholes since they can contaminate your groundwater source.
For more information or advice about borehole maintenance or installation, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes today.