More and more people wish to become more self-reliant and energy efficient to protect the environment and save money. With energy and water costs skyrocketing in recent years, it's not difficult to see why. Another reason why people might choose to install a borehole is the fact that South Africa is struggling through one of the worst droughts in centuries. And with water restrictions happening all over, now is the best time to drill that borehole.

But before you hire a borehole drilling company, there are some questions you should ask.

How experienced are they?

When hiring a borehole drilling company, the worst thing you can do is hire the first one that comes along or hire them based on price. Borehole drilling is serious business, and if not done right, you'll waste plenty of money. Make sure you use someone reliable, with ample experience that will provide you with references.

Where will your borehole be installed?

The chances are that if you live on a farm, there won't be a problem finding space for your borehole but in urban settings pipelines, electrical cables, telephone cables and structures can interfere with the placement. Sometimes, boreholes are installed in your driveway which will mean that you'll incur additional costs to lift and replace brickwork.

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

Can they test your water to make sure it's safe for drinking?

Any trustworthy borehole drilling company will be able to test your water to see if it is free of contaminants. If a filtration system is required, they will be able to install it.

What will it cost?

Drilling a borehole is no cheap endeavour but the benefits involved far exceeds the costs. Ask your borehole drilling company for a full breakdown of the costs involved as well as maintenance expenses to avoid any confusion. Make sure there aren't any hidden costs

What if they don't find water?

If all siting procedures were followed correctly and no water was found, you'll still be liable to pay for the drilling costs. You won't, however, need to pay for the materials such as the pump, filtration system etc., since you won't be requiring them.

If you want to use one of the best borehole companies in the industry, get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today!

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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!

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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.

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Groundwater coming from non-polluted locations is safe for domestic usage - to consume, prepare food, do laundry, take a bath and water your garden. But how can we be sure that the chemical, microbes and physical properties of the water are suitable for everyday usage?

Human actions can result in groundwater pollution. Hazardous materials from dumps and landfills, septic tanks, agricultural practices, uncontrolled surface spillage and acid rain can migrate deep into the soil and penetrate the groundwater aquifers. In case the aquifers are permeable, the damaging compounds can travel extended distances polluting the groundwater on the way. It is crucial to take into consideration all possible causes of pollution when picking out the best spot to drill a borehole.

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.

Borehole water quality assessment

Nearly all water needs some treatment before usage, occasionally even water from deep wells or springs. The degree of treatment is determined by the quality of the water. A basic SANS-241 test will verify if the water is drinkable or not.

When testing the water quality of a borehole let the water run for 10 minutes allowing stagnant water to be eliminated. Keep the sample cool and clear of direct sunlight and refrigerate if you can. Deliver to the laboratory right away. Request a thorough Drinking Water Analysis with Microbiological.

Should I have a filtration system installed?

With the decreasing infrastructure in our water treatment plants, clean drinking water is starting to become extremely challenging to guarantee. A water purification system for your borehole will provide you with the peace of mind you need for you and your loved ones. Filtration systems sterilise and remove pollutants from your water source. They tackle issues including corrosiveness, hardness, chemical toxins and natural contaminants.

Making your borehole water safe and clean pays for filtration in comparison to municipal supply in a short period, and offers guaranteed water supply. In case the water source contains dangerous bacteria like E.coli, these can be removed by Ultra Violet treatment or chlorine dosing.

For more information about installing a borehole on your property, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes today!

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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.

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We all need water to survive. Even the adult human body is mostly water, 60% to be exact. Did you know that the average human you can live without food for 21 days? But water is a totally different story since we need it to regulate our body temperature, flush out waste and lubricate our joints. The maximum time the human body can live without water is 7 days.

Currently, in South Africa, we are struggling with water shortages. Luckily for some provinces, going into summer means rainfall but for others like Western Cape, this means disaster since they get most of their rainfall in winter. Since I've already told you how crucial water is, I don't have to tell you how serious the water crisis is, not only for Western Cape but also for other provinces since they would have to source water from said provinces. To put it plainly, when it comes to water, the future in South Africa looks bleak. But it doesn't have to be that way!

The solution is to make use of groundwater by installing a borehole.

Groundwater is clean and rich in minerals. Many people aren't even aware that there is water flowing right under our feet, safe from evaporation and far away from the threat of toxins. This water is probably one of the most unused water resources in our country. Every South African has the right to make use of this water resource and what better way to extract it than with a borehole.

Where does groundwater come from?

Groundwater comes from rain and hail that seep into the ground because of gravitational pull. It moves beyond sand, soil and rock until it reaches a level where it can freely flow.

How deep do you have to drill to find groundwater?

There isn't a specific depth but it can be close to the earth's surface or it can be 10 000 meters deep. The average borehole is between 60m and 80m deep.

Will installing a borehole really help the water shortage in South Africa?

Indeed it will! Not only will it make you self-reliant when it comes to water, it will save you money on municipal costs. Legally, you can use up to 20 000 liters of groundwater every day for anything from watering your garden, washing your car to drinking it. If you are interested in installing a borehole on your property, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes today. With over 10 years experience in borehole drilling and a passion for sourcing water, you will be in good hands.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:47

Top 3 Benefits of Having a Borehole

Water Resources are the most vital element on the planet to have any form of existence, and it’s critical that we make sure to maintain this resource sensibly. Eight out of nine provinces in South Africa are currently declared disaster areas as a result of the drought. Furthermore, the price of water in South Africa continues to increase, mainly as a result of inflation and water shortages. The situation has further been depressed by the recently reduced rainfall in South Africa.

What exactly is a borehole?

A borehole is a long thin shaft which is drilled into the earth to seek out and extract groundwater. As reported by the Borehole Water Association of Southern Africa (BWA), it is best to speak to your local municipal offices to determine if you require authorization to drill a borehole in your neighbourhood. If approval is necessary and you have not requested it, the municipality may fine you heavily.

Benefits of a Borehole

You will have a self-sufficient water resource

Irrespective of whether you’re environmentally or economically inspired to live a self-sufficient and eco-friendly life, equipping your property with a borehole is a wise decision. Every person has an obligation to use natural resources sensibly, and once you make use of a well, that’s definitely what you’re doing. The water that boreholes generate is inactive underneath the surface, naturally increasing from precipitation as well as underground springs. Using this, in essence, means that you’re utilising an unused groundwater source. Also, it suggests that you have access to a dependable water supply that won’t be disrupted by troubles resulting from things out of your control like leakages or poor connections from ancient water pipe systems.

You can save money

You are making use of your private water resource simply by drilling a borehole, which will reduce a significant percentage of water related costs. Should you choose an advanced system with purification, it is possible to provide drinking water and terminate your dependence on a utility company and eliminate the costs altogether. By using the water out of your well, aside from the initial borehole drilling expenses, utilising it will set you back nothing more than a modest charge for the energy used to power your private borehole. As a result, should you routinely water your garden, wash your car or feed animals and livestock, then during the period of a year your savings may very well be significant.

Keep in mind, that in case you use the borehole water for human and perhaps animal ingestion that a water quality test is critical and needs to be completed every year.

You can even make money

A well-maintained borehole is a cost-effective, self-sufficient asset that can add value to your property. While initial fees of drilling and equipping may be great, you will discover long-term financial advantages to groundwater, especially the proven fact that borehole water costs less than municipal water. Enviroboreholes can help you find out if ground water might be employed to assist you in.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:32

Top Tips For Borehole Maintenance

Borehole maintenance is extremely important whether you use it for domestic or commercial purposes. You won't only extend the lifetime of a borehole with regular maintenance, but you'll also maintain its efficiency and yield.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to borehole maintenance:

1. Never service your own borehole

While it's tempting to try and service your borehole to save costs, it's not a great idea. When you open the borehole cap, you might be doing irreversible damage to your water source since you allow for bacteria to enter your water supply.

Instead, hire a borehole contractor like Enviro Boreholes, who have the right equipment and expert knowledge to keep your water supply safe from contamination and your borehole fully operational.

2. Prevention is Better than Cure

If you leave borehole maintenance for too long, you might eventually incur serious costs. Make sure you regularly inspect your parts to prevent damage. In case you find any defects or corrosion, immediately get in touch with a borehole contractor for advice and follow the required steps to fix it. Even more so when using borehole water for drinking since ignoring these issues might put your family's health at risk.

3. Regularly test your water

Water should be tested for bacteria and contamination frequently, especially if used for drinking. A simple SANS-241 test can be done at any water lab and should be done at least once per annum. If at any time there's a change in the appearance, smell or taste, it's better to perform a test just to be safe./p>

4. Use Borehole Specialists for Maintenance

Before you hire a contractor to do borehole maintenance, make sure they know what they're doing. Only use qualified professionals! Enviro Boreholes has been drilling boreholes and doing borehole maintenance for over ten years. Their staff is highly trained, and customer satisfaction is their primary goal.

If you need a professional to do borehole maintenance, get in contact with one of the team members at Enviro Boreholes today.

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Roelf Burger - Managing Director


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